General view of unidentified employees opening the cinder-notch on the No. 2 experimental blast furnace on a burden (a load, especially a heavy one) of phosphate at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory located in Washington, D.C. The cinder-notch is the opening in a blast furnace through which molten slag flows out.
The Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory (F.N.R.L.) was established at American University in 1919 under the directorship of Arthur B. Lamb. Initially part of the War Department, the F.N.R.L. was the successor to several wartime initiatives to develop a secure domestic supply of nitrate compounds necessary for the manufacture of explosives during World War I. With a staff of about 110 individuals, including 35 to 50 chemists, the F.N.R.L. focused on the manufacture, production, and development of products of atmospheric nitrogen, including munitions and fertilizers.
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“Employees Opening Cinder-Notch on No. 2 Experimental Blast Furnace,” October 12, 1932. Travis P. Hignett Collection of Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory Photographs, Box 3. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/1j92g772f.
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