Excerpt from The Analysis of Steel-Works Materials
In the following pages we have dealt the Analysis of Steel works materials on such lines as could profitably be followed in a large and busy Works Laboratory. The processes given in the books we have seen either
(1) are too long and laborious;
(2) require too delicate manipulation;
(3) are too scanty in their treatment of the newer materials of steelmaking; or
(4) are not sufficiently accurate.
We believe that the special standpoint from which the book has been written makes it no worse a text-book for technical schools and colleges.
No man, in a lifetime, could choose the best from the continually increasing number of ways of analysing Steel Works Materials, and prove his chosen methods at every point. This has been our ideal, though we have by no means accomplished it. We have, however, described no method that has not been personally verified and practised for a considerable time, except in one or two minor (and mentioned) cases dealing with estimations we have never had occasion to make: and which have been added for the sake of completeness merely. In many instances we have imposed the still severer test of having estimations made by persons who were inexperienced in the particular process. And, moreover, in writing up the description we have simultaneously worked through the operation, so that no feature might be overlooked which was needful to a complete appreciation of the process; most of the typical analyses given were obtained in this way.
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