The Design of a Central Heating System for the Tuskegee Normal And Industrial Institute

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1914
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Madison, Walter Garfield
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Before beginning the design of a heating system for the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, it was necessary to make a complete survey of the conditions under which that heating system is to work and to ascertain, as nearly as possible, all of the facts which would affect the cost or the efficient making of the same. With this in view a topographic map of the campus of this school was secured thru the kindnesses of Mr. W. G. Frantz, consulting engineer, Cincinnati, Ohio, and, investigation was made into the following conditions: (1) Weather, including extreme and average temperatures, depth of frost line, length of average cold spell, humidity of the air, and its effect upon heating, and the length of the heating season. (2) Buildings to be heated -those satisfactorily pipe etc, (amount surface), those to be fitted out, (dimensions etc.) those using steam for other purposes. (3) The present system, its inefficiency, its inadequateness. (4) Coal available- source, price, quality and quantity used. (5) Need of a new plant-economy possible, possibilities of better service. (6) Location of a new plant- Possible points and arguments for each. (7) Character of soil- kind of clay, amount of surface water, rock etc. (8) Cost of labor, common-skilled. (9) Cost of materials-gravel-sand, cement, lime etc. (10) Power needed continuously and type of system best adapted.
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The cover page reads " A Thesis presented for the degree of B.S. in M. E." Degree granted by Iowa State College,1914.
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