History of Electric Induction Heating

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Induction Heating
  1. Early work to Salesman
  2. Salesman to entrepreneur
  3. Vacuum furnaces
  4. Henry Rowan, Mars Rocket
  5. Cheston, Cragmet, IRS
  6. Visit Russia, Meet Vera
  7. Around the world, Meet the president
  8. Kramatorsk
  9. Consarc
  10. Consarc UK
  11. Carbon contract
  12. Russians in Scotland
  13. The Embargo is Coming
  14. Embargo and Aftermath
  15. BEPA
  16. After BEPA
  17. Fiber Materials Appeal
  18. Consarc Officials Deny Wrongdoing in Sales to Soviets
  19. Memos from Henry Rowan to Metcalf
  20. Rowland motor patent 1868
  21. Rowland reviews the bids for Niagara Falls power station
  22. Metcalf's father's poem, and Metcalf genealogy
  23. The Peace Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
  24. Problems of Russia's Policy With Respect to China and Japan
  25. History of Ajax Magnethermic
  26. The most important event for Inductotherm
  27. Fright Flight
  28. Black art of carbon production
  29. Polaris Missile
  30. Nuclear Airplane
  31. Nuclear Engine
  32. Molten metal eats through and explodes
  33. Cannon Muskegon Corporation
  34. Metcalf at General Motors Research from April 1955 to Oct 1955
  35. Metcalf pouring superalloy at GE from Oct 1955 to June 1956
  36. Metcalf at Waimet (later Howmet) from June 1956 to July 1957
  37. Black art of carbon production
  38. Project to test NASA hot hydrogen engine
  39. Special Metals Number 9
  40. Metcalf joins Inductotherm group
  41. Device to load materials into a furnace for melting
  42. Bank reneged on a commitment to finance a job in Russia
  43. Inductotherm private airport
  44. NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) and all I know about carbon
  45. NERVA Engine Control Rods
  46. same as 383-Nuke.html
  47. Development of Polaris missle
  48. Ajax NASA
  49. Production of carbon fabrics and threads made from rayon
  50. George Houghton, Aerojet Inspector gives Metcalf Rocket history
  51. Rayon to carbon to graphite
  52. Metcalf buys the control division of the Pelton Water Wheel Company
  53. Rowan's account of firing Consarc President
  54. Kama Purchasing Commission, Ukraine
  55. Role of chromium in vacuum melters
  56. ASEA wins contract for isopress
  57. Induction heating to re-refile tank cannon
  58. Hoover-Ugine Company
  59. Letter to Henry Rowan at Inductotherm
  60. John Mortimer in Rancocas
  61. Consarc Board of Directors Meeting
  62. Consarc Board of Directors Meeting
  63. Hillbilly
  64. How to produce Calcarb
  65. Newsday, late 1987
  66. Embargo Regulations
  67. Seizure of Goods
  68. Minutes of Dept of Trade, London
  69. Minutes of ECGD Meeting
  70. Rowan Interview
  71. Bombshell looks like dud
  72. Letter to Hank Rowan
  73. Consarc Board Meeting
  74. Minutes of DTI Meeting, London
  75. Stansted Fluid Power
  76. Minutes of DTI Meeting, 3 Oct 85
  77. Letter to IHI Master Metals

Induction Heating

By James Farol Metcalf

Stansted Fluid Power

20 September 1985


JF Metcalf

Dear Jim

Further to your visit to Stansted with Tommy Dick on 29 August last, and the letter to Mrs. Laurie, 10 September; I now had a second visit from the Customs and Excise, this time accompanied by a representative of the MOD. It would appear that the newspaper report of 30 March was not just journalistic sensationalism, but was, in fact a valid account of what "Special Materials Experts" in our MOD released to the press regarding the potential use of "carbon-carbon" composite.

Experts amongst the delegates who visited Stansted on 19 September even explained to me, in detail, what trajectorial advantages would be in being able to produce nose cones for rockets missiles in this material in the size, and on the scale which they believe these presses and associated equipment could manufacture. Moreover, in hindsight and on reflection it would seem more creditable that USSR would spend eight million pounds on plant for the purposes now suggested by the MOD, rather than any other likely use which has been mentioned in the course of general conversation. You will be aware I have never inquired in any depth, or detail, into end product, and I make it a rule always to avoid so doing when selling equipment, because firstly, curiosity on my part would arouse anxiety about industrial security; secondly, the customer technology is often beyond me; and thirdly, I am not interested to know more than is necessary to do my job in most cases.

However, in my present circumstances I seem to have landed in a hornets' nest, and feel I am bound to connect the recent official visits to me at Stansted (being the first ever) with the visit of you and Tommy to Stansted on the 29th. This itself is a cause of great concern to me and, I would have thought to you and Tommy also. In the circumstances I consider that BEPA is effectively blocked by the Customs and Excise and MOD from allowing Paul and/or myself to go out to commission and consult on this project.

Owing to the unclearness of the situation all further correspondence will be dealt with by my solicitor, James JW Wallace-Jarvis.

Yours sincerely