|Bible Poetry General&Philosophical Industry & Work Nature, Desert & Struggle|
The play of water in the air
The cold nights and condensing drops of dew
Moist the ground outside.
Inside, the furnace sleeve stands erect
The bottom ram
Supports the stacked blocks of carbon
And its work load of ceramic plates above.
The induction coil throws its energy
Into the Silicon Nitride discs
Cooled at either end by running water.
Like Gideonís fleece
Water dews between the cooled ram
Vaporizes and steams into the tower above
Intermingles with the partially formed plates
And as the temperature and pressure rise
Expanding steam cracks the discs
And lines of failure form.
History: #304 Apr. 1988; revised Aug. 1999
* - Gideonís Fleece, Judges, 6-8. The poem deals with the failures occurring during the furnace treatment of Engineering Ceramics, processed at temperatures of 1700DegreesC or higher- one of the past industrial experiences of the author/webmaster.
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