reverberatory furnace


reverberatory furnace

noun

Definition of REVERBERATORY FURNACE

:  a furnace in which heat is radiated from the roof onto the material treated

First Known Use of REVERBERATORY FURNACE

1672

reverberatory furnace

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Furnace used for smelting, refining, or melting in which the fuel is not in direct contact with the contents but heats it by a flame blown over it from another chamber. Such furnaces are used in copper, tin, and nickel production, in the production of certain concretes and cements, and in aluminum recycling. In steelmaking, this process (now largely obsolete) is called the open-hearth process. The heat passes over the hearth and then radiates back (reverberates) onto the contents. The roof is arched, with the highest point over the firebox. It slopes downward toward a bridge of flues that deflects the flame so that it reverberates.

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