Color plate illustrates the process of manufacturing sulfuric acid. Sulfur is burned in an air current, forming sulfur dioxide which oxidizes into sulfur trioxide. Then water is introduced, producing sulfuric acid. Lastly, the acid is boiled to expel water, producing a more concentrated product.
This plate is from John Howard Appleton's (1844-1930) Chemistry, Developed by Facts and Principles Drawn Chiefly from the Non-Metals, published in 1884. Intended as an introduction to the study of chemistry, this volume contains illustrations throughout the text including color plates. Color plates have been digitized along with a selection of illustrations.
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Appleton, John Howard. “Figure 48: Section of Chambers for Manufacture of Sulfuric Acid.” Chemistry, Developed by Facts and Principles Drawn Chiefly from the Non-Metals. Providence, Rhode Island: Providence Lithograph Company, 1884. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/rfwtjns.
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