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1938 - P.G. McVetty, mechanical engineer, determines the amount of in steel bars by peering through a micrometer microscope

METAL STRETCHES UNDER TEMPERATURES OF 1,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT

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Electric Furnaces

June 16, 1938

P.G. McVetty, mechanical engineer, determines the amount of "creep" in steel bars by peering through a micrometer microscope.

The metal stretches under temperatures of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit inside this electric furnace in the Westinghouse laboratories. 

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Westinghouse


COMMENT: Family Revisited - 12.7.2001

What a fantastic site! My brother discovered it and under 019001 and 019003 was a picture of our grandfather with his measurement of "creep" of metals furnace. P.G. McVetty has been dead for 33 years and yet we can bring up his picture, with name, on an invention of his that was acknowledged world-wide at the time. Thanks for the history that this site of pictures gives to the current generation of people and inventions that have moved the world forward to where it is now.

Patricia McVetty, Ohio



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