Junkers calorimeter

Category Industrial facilities

Subcategory Machinery room

Year of manufacture/creation the 1950s

Manufacturer/author VEB Junkalor Dessau

Place of manufacture/creation Dessau, Germany

Size Height: 190 cm
Width: 85 cm
Length: 54 cm
Weight: 65 kg

Material steel, glass, wood, copper

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 1991

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images public domain


Exhibit description

The future tycoon of the gas industry – Hugo Junkers – patented this invention at the very start of his career, in 1892. This simple device proved to be one of the essential measuring devices for the coal-based gas industry.

The calorimeter makes it possible to measure the most important gas value for its users – its calorific value. The apparatus consists of a burner which burns the gas to be measured and a thermometer which measures the temperature of the liquid flowing through a tube placed above the burner. Water or spirit can flow through the tube. The thermometer measures the temperature of the liquid flowing in and flowing out – before and after it is heated.

By comparing the readings, it is possible to assess how much the gas has raised the liquid’s temperature and establish the fuel’s calorific value.

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