PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

Library of Congress - Courtesy of University of Eastern Oregon Professor Carol Lauritzen

Transcribed by Patrice Demory

Portable Balloon Gas Generator


Portable Balloon Gas Generator

Professor T.S.C. Lowe's

Portable Balloon Gas Generator

I claim the mode of constructing
tanks of heavy wooden timbers, strongly supported
by diagonal braces on either side; constructed
in such a manner as to facilitate action
of materials used in generating the hydrogen
gas, as well as to economize materials, pro-
ducing a larger quantity of gas, in less time
than any known process.  I claim the method
of bracing tanks with the use of copper rods
running horizontally from side to side, sus-
taining the tanks against undo pressure
during the generating process.  I claim the
gateway at back end of tank to regulate the passage
of materials, as well as the mode if securing
the gateway by iron straps, keys and rubber
packing, rendering the tanks perfectly airtight.
I claim the stop cock in back and over gateway
to facilitate the passage of liquid ...
I claim the mode of attaching the tanks to minimize


Portable Balloon Gas Generator


Portable Balloon Gas Generator

gear by horizontal bars of iron turned up to
an angle on the sides, securing a steady action
during the transportation of wagons.  I claim
the trap door on top of tank and  manner of
fastening, with use of eight brass thumb screws.
I claim the entrance funnel, or copper tube
to admit, by use of syphon, the acid
used for generating gas.  I claim the copper
connecting pipes, and mode of conducting
gas to balloons during inflation; also
use of combined rubber and copper pipes
attached to apparatus.  I claim the mode
of washing and cooling gas, by use of two
wooden boxes, containing an inner inverted
box with inclined planes extending longitude-
nally, presenting a larger and better surface
for action of gas.  I claim the composition
flanges for connecting pipes, by use of screws,
to washers, and tanks.  I claim the mode
of filling tanks by use of lift & force pumps.

Portable Balloon Gas Generator


Portable Balloon Gas Generator

T.S.C. Lowe's
Portable Gas Generator for Balloons or other Purposes.
                                              Consist of air and
water tight tanks built in form to suit an
ordinary Army, of other wagon, so it can be
transfered from the wagon to suit circumstances.
They are built of wood or other suitable
material, strongly braced with perpendic-
ular, longitudinal, and diagonal braces
upon the outside of plank and also
iron rods.  There is also a series of copper
strengthening rods running horizontally from
side to side to prevent undo pressure against
the sides while generating gas.
                                                       The different parts
of the apparatus are designated in detail by
the use of alphabetical characters, viz; -
(A.)  The tank placed upon wheels; the copper
tube  or funnel (F.) to conduct the acid below
the water line in the tank, an is fastened
down by flanges & packing to make it gas
tight, upon the top of the tank.  The man-
hole E. is used to introduce the material
used in making gas, and closed with a

Portable Balloon Gas Generator


Portable Balloon Gas Generator

lid fastened down with thumb screws and
packing.  The copper conducting pipe
(G.) is also fastened with flanges through
which the gas passes in to the gum hose,
(D.) which is wired on copper pipe,
(H.) and is conducted thence several
inches under water, and discharged upon
the under side of an inclined plane (J.)
against which it passes several feet through
the water in cooler and escapes into
copper pipe (I.) and passes through gum
hose (D.) and through copper pipe (H.), and
discharged again on the under side of
of inclined plane, (J.) in washer and passes
through several feet of lime and water
escaping into copper pipe (I.) and thence
through hose to holder or reservoir.
A steady stream of water is kept constantly
running through the box (B.), the inverted air
tight box (C.), on which is fastened the copper
pipes with composition flanges.  (K.) is an
end view of the gas tank. (L.) the stop
cock through which the quantity of ma-
terial can be reduced at pleasure.

Portable Balloon Gas Generator

Portable Balloon Gas Generator

The gateway (M.) in the rear or back end of

generator is used for the purpose of drawing
off the oxide of iron and waste material
after the gas is generated.  The gateway
is fastened with iron strap and key as
exhibited in the drawing.  (N.) shows an in-
side section of tank or generator with a
series of shelves, (O.) running entirely around
the sides and ends below the water line
(P.) in order the distribute the fine iron ore
zinc over a greater surface thereby saving
material securing perfect and rapid
action of gas.
                      The above is respectfully
submitted by
                              T.S.C. Lowe, Inventor

INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES