SK3588 : Bessemer Converter, Kelham Island Museum

near to Sheffield, Great Britain

Bessemer Converter, Kelham Island Museum
Bessemer Converter, Kelham Island Museum
The Bessemer Converter at Kelham Island Museum (LinkExternal link ) is one of only three converters left in the world. Built in the early twentieth century, it was the last working converter in Britain and was in use until 1974. It was brought to the Museum in 1978 as an example of the revolutionary Bessemer steelmaking process, patented by Henry Bessemer in 1856. His invention marked the beginning of mass steel production, as huge amounts could be made in a relatively short time compared previous methods of steel production.

The huge body was tilted downwards to be filled with molten pig iron. After being swung upright again, a blast of air was blown through from the bottom of the converter. This oxidation removed carbon from the iron, converting it to steel.

As well as the body of the converter, this photograph shows the gear wheel used to tilt it (top left) and the air pipe used to blow air into the base of the converter.

There is a Wikipedia article about the Bessemer Converter at LinkExternal link
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
year taken
2012
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
+
+
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
SK3588, 234 images   (more nearby)
Photographer
  (find more nearby)
Image classification?
Supplemental image
Date Taken
Thursday, 5 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 10 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Industry  City, Town centre  Educational sites 
Place (from Tags)
Sheffield 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3516 8818 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.3577N 1:28.3678W
Photographer Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3516 8819
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map
+

Forward to a
friend by email


Other Tags
Kelham Island  Bessemer Converter  Industrial Heritage  Museum  Steelmaking  Iron  Manufacturing 

Click a tag, to view other nearby images.

This page has been viewed about 114 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · OS Map Checksheet · Geograph Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
NW N NE
W Go E
SW S SE
[Mark
You are not logged in login | register
donations accepted