The introduction of steam-powered forging hammers by French and British engineers of the 1830s led to the building of this impressive hammer at Creusot that delivered blows to shape and strengthen iron and steel objects before forging. It was for years the most powerful steam hammer in the world. Yet in 1878 a writer observed that "this formidable mass is capable of ... corking a bottle without breakage." With a striking capacity of 100 tons and a stroke of 5 meters, it worked massive iron and steel shafts, piston rods, and other forgings for fifty-four years, until its retirement in 1930.
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1876Le CreusotCountry: FranceWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/manufacturing---1/-69-creusot-steam-hammer-%281876%29Creator: Schneider and Co.
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Christophe Finot (CC BY-SA 2.5)Era_date_from: 1876