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    Structural work on a solar furnace that will concentrate the sun's rays into a narrow beam hot enough to melt steel in seconds, was completed recently at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

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    Structural work on a solar furnace that will concentrate the sun's rays into a narrow beam hot enough to melt steel in seconds, was completed recently at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The furnace consists of two parabolic mirrors, one on the ground, and the other on a plat form about 100 feet above. The sun's rays are reflected to the top mirror from the one at ground level, channelling the energy into a single beam. Head of the School of Physics, Professor Milner, and Mr. Ciutronich, a lecturer at the University of New South Wales watched the frame for the top mirror lifted into position.

    The top mirror will have 162 segments, show by Mr. Bolin, on the left, who devised a way of casting them of aluminium on plastic base - much cheaper than grinding glass.

    The power of just one of the segments is demonstrated in a simple test. Eventually the furnace will produce temperature of four thousand degrees centigrade.

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    Film ID:
    VLVARIVD3AAN2AR7QV17PGQMOWBX
    Media URN:
    VLVARIVD3AAN2AR7QV17PGQMOWBX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
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    N/A

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