In a type built with vertical sections each division is complete in itself, and is not directly connected with the next section, but communicates with flow and return drums. A defective section may thus be left in position and stopped off by means of plugs from the drums until it is convenient to fit a new one in its place.
Fusible plugs are little used; they consist of pieces of softer metal inserted on the side of the boiler, which melt should the heat of the water rise above a certain temperature.
He made his sensitive tube, or improved coherer, as follows: - A glass tube having an internal diameter of about 4 millimetres has sealed into it two silver plugs PP by means of platinum wires WW (fig.
37); the opposed faces of these plugs are perfectly smooth, and are placed within a millimetre of each other.
Silver, sufficient to fill loosely about half the cavity between the plugs, which fit tightly into the tube.'
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