Methanol-Water Type, Low Pressure, Hydrogen Generator
ENGINEER BOARD FORT BELVOIR VA
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The development of equipment for the field generation of hydrogen and other lifting gases was transferred from the Army Air Forces when the Chief of Engineers became responsible for the development of barrage balloon equipment in April 1942. In addition to correcting certain deficiencies of the existing ferrosilicon plants, the Engineer Board investigated other methods of hydrogen generation. Close liaison was maintained with the Navy Department which, in cooperation with duPont Company, developed a low pressure, methanol-water type, hydrogen generator. This type was selected in order to minimize mechanical difficulties and to provide another source of raw materials, as the ferrosilicon supply appeared to be inadequate.
- Lighter-than-air Aircraft
- Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing