The Steam Engine

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Around 1750 an advancement in human productivity also known as the Industrial Revolution began. During the Industrial Revolution the intensive use of labour in factories along side agriculture outputs and health created a steep rise in population. With the rapid movement of people, goods and information across the oceans and continents a truly global economy was created. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain and during this time Britain developed many different objects. However, the steam engine was one of the most impressive ones. In fact, the steam engine was and still is the basis of all cars today (Kindersley, 272).
During the Industrial Revolution there were a lot of advancements in agriculture, industries, trade and the way people
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The steam pump is a machine that can efficiently remove the water from inside the mines, which derives from Edward Somerset’s steam pump that he made in 1698. Thomas Savery’s steam pump boiled water until it turned into steam. Then the steam was collected in a tank, extracting every droplet of steam so it created a vacuum. In turn, this vacuum created enough energy to pump out water from the mines. However there were quite a few disadvantages that came with this invention, for example the steam pump could only pump out water that was a few meters away. Another drawback was that the pressure that the steam pump created was too much for the boilers; therefore, there were often several explosions. The steam engine eventually became a form of transportation through cars. The steam engine was made in 1698. During the time when Thomas Savary invented the steam engine he received his first patent, for his work on July 2 1698, which offered him protection of his work for 14 years. In 1699 an Act of Parliament was given to Thomas Savoury which extended his patent for 21 more years (Savery,…show more content…
After the invention of the steam engine and steam pump it was much easier to provide energy, since steam power was reusable and more efficient. This extraordinary invention of the steam engine allowed new jobs to form and helped the Industrial Revolution develop. Britain had a huge supply of coal which allowed them to create steam powered factories for objects that were usually handmade. Steam power also allowed ships and trains to go back and forth between places faster and therefore developed trading and transportation. The steam engine may have created new jobs, but it increased child labour. Many poor people such as farmers, heard about this great invention and came to Britain to see if they could find a job in the growing industry (McEwen, 18) . The steam engine was improved by Thomas Newcomen and then James Watt in 1776 it was then formed into a steam car and then to the cars we have today (McEwen, 19). However without Thomas Savery’s research the cars we drive around in almost every day, could not have been invented. Today the steam engine powers steam turbines which are a significant part of our world. Steam turbines produce more energy than any other energy source today. It is also a very efficient way to create energy since it only takes up a little space and does not use man made heat sources, instead
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