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Charles Edmund Stromeyer

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Charles Edmund Stromeyer (c1857-1935), marine and civil engineer aka Johann Philipp Edmond Charles Stromeyer

1910 Read a paper entitled "Brittleness of Mild Steel Due to Nitrogen" to The Institution of Naval Architects. [1]

For thirty years he was chief engineer of the Manchester Steam Users Association

1935 Obituary [2]

JOHANN PHILIPP EDMOND CHARLES STROMEYER, O.B.E., D.Eng., Dr.-Ing., was for over thirty years chief engineer of the Manchester Steam Users' Association, prior to his retirement in 1928.

Dr. Stromeyer was born at Sutton, Surrey, in 1856 and served for about two years as an apprentice to Mr. R. Legg, of Eagle Wharf Road, London.

He then entered the Royal Polytechnic Hospital, Aix-la-Chapelle, where he graduated in mechanical engineering.

In 1876 he became a draughtsman at Messrs. Palmer's Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, and a year later went to sea as an engineer.

He was appointed engineer surveyor to Lloyd's Register in 1880, a position which he held for seventeen years. At this time he brought out an apparatus for measuring the strains in ships' structures, which he modified some years later, calling it a "rolling-pin strain indicator"; the instrument was used in the measurement of propeller thrust, and in estimating launching strains.

After his appointment at Manchester in 1897, he turned his attention to problems of boiler design, and records of his work are contained in his reports to the Manchester Steam Users' Association. He made a special study of the metallurgical side of boiler design, and was particularly interested in the ageing of steel. He read a large number of papers and contributed to a still larger number of discussions at the meetings of the various technical institutions of which he was a member. In addition he was the author of "Marine Boiler Management and Construction."

During the War he had the difficult task of reporting on numbers of second-hand boilers which were pressed into emergency service. His remarkably wide range of interests was shown by his election as president of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, by his membership of the British Astronomical Association, and by his book, "Unity in Nature."

In 1934 the degree of Dr.-Ing. was conferred upon him by the University of Aix-la-Chapelle. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1895. In 1903 he contributed a paper on water softeners jointly with Mr. W. B. Baron, and in 1921 a short paper on feed-water heaters and economizers.

He was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects, and was past-president of the Manchester Association of Engineers. In addition he served on the Council of the National Physical Laboratory, and on the General Committee of the British Association.

His death occurred at Bad Nauheim, Germany, on 23rd July 1935.

1935 Obituaries [3]

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