The Steam Engine's Impact Of The Industrial Revolution

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Looking at the past, and exploring technologies that have had an impact on society is a valuable tool for entrepreneurs. There is much to learn about the Industrial Revolution and how the technologies developed at the time played such a huge role. The Industrial Revolution first instigated in England, then spread like wildfire throughout the world during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The lives of ordinary people was transformed dramatically, by a series of engineering inventions and industrial achievements allowing industry to develop so fast that society could barely keep up. One of the major inventions that helped launch the industrial revolution was the steam Locomotive. It’s steam engine originally developed slowly over hundreds of…show more content…
Before the steam locomotive was created the steam engine had to be created first, factories still relied on wind or waterpower to drive their machines before that. Steam meant that factories could be built anywhere, not just along fast-flowing rivers. This led to the expansion of factories all around Europe and North America. Other than the expansion of factories, steam locomotives greatly improved transportation. In 1804,for the first time in history, goods could be transported without the use of man or animal. This of course significantly sped up trade around the world. All this played a huge and important role in the development of countries during the industrial era. The steam engine is simple machine that uses boiling water to generate mechanical motion. You pour water into the Tender, which is a container that boils the water to create this mechanical motion. There is a throttle lever that controls the supply of the steam to the cylinders. A steam dome collects the steam at the top of the boiler, to feed the engine via the throttle lever. The main steam pipe carries steam to the cylinders and the piston is driven backward and forward within the…show more content…
However, this is not necessarily true. The steam locomotive also had some negative impact on society. The advent of the steam locomotive and railroad also saw the start of major pollution. More and more rivers started to get polluted and unclean air started appearing in cities. This of course created poor living and working conditions and health problems. The most serious pollution problem created by the steam locomotive was the carbon dioxide that was continuously emitted into the air by the steam engine. Other than pollution, other problems arose. With the coming of the locomotives, child labor came with it. Children worked for long hours very hard, had little time for breaks, and were stripped away from time with their families and deprived of their education. One good example is of the 28-year old William Cooper. He recalled working when he was just ten years old in steam engine manufacturing factories. He claims he was physically abused and constantly put in dangerous situations, like crawling through operating machinery. Working hours were long which caused him to miss school. Other than child labor, deforestation was a common custom during the Industrial Revolution. Whether they were digging for coal or making way for railroads, forests were usually taken down for these purposes. But of course more positive outcomes came from the
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