Origins of the Rodman – Early Experiments in the Rodman Method, Part 5

Other than perhaps the phenomenal descriptions of bursting guns flinging metal into the heavens, Thomas J. Rodman’s experiments were dry scientific procedures.  Rodman and other ordnance officers focused on gathering data to reduce the unknowns.  The experiments of 1849, 1851, 1856, and 1857 all built up to a conclusion from the experiments conducted at PittsburghContinue reading “Origins of the Rodman – Early Experiments in the Rodman Method, Part 5”

Origins of the Rodman – Early Experiments in the Rodman Method, Part 4

Previous posts in this set have covered experiments of the Rodman Method conducted in 1849, 1851, and 1856.  I’ll turn next to the next set of experiments conducted in 1857 and 1858.  I know the tally of these experiments is somewhat mundane, but I’ve not seen these discussed at length outside Rodman’s official reports.  MostContinue reading “Origins of the Rodman – Early Experiments in the Rodman Method, Part 4”

Origins of the Rodman – Early Experiments in the Rodman Method, Part 3

As seen in earlier posts, William Wade of the Fort Pitt Foundry conducted experiments in 1849 and 1851 to proof the system proposed by Lieutenant Thomas J. Rodman.  While providing promising results, the tests did not provide conclusive proof that hollow-core, water-cooled casting produced the quality guns needed by the Army (and the Navy). IndeedContinue reading “Origins of the Rodman – Early Experiments in the Rodman Method, Part 3”