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Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, Engineering Records

Creator:
Aronson, David, 1923-  Search this
Collector:
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
3.3 Cubic feet (10 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Blueprints
Articles
Correspondence
Diagrams
Pamphlets
Reprints
Date:
1955-1970
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the correspondence and technical documents related to David Aronson's work as an engineer with the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation.

The correspondence files relate to acceptance or rejection of products and procedures used in the development and production of the company's products, responses to submissions to the company of inventions and products inventors hoped to license or sell to the company, responses to requests for donations and other funding by Worthington, and general company memos and reports.

The technical files represent the research, design and development processes that Aronson was involved in as a mechanical engineer. Topics include heat pumps, steam generation, geothermal power, gas turbine engines, and nuclear power. Types of material include articles, pamphlets, journal reprints, conference papers, schematics, blueprints and diagrams.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into three series.

Series 1: Correspondence of David Aronson, 1955-1970

Series 2: Technical Materials of David Aronson (numerical), circa 1960s-1970s

Series 3: Technical Files of David Aronson (alphabetical), circa 1960s-1970s
Biographical / Historical:
David Aronson earned a degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union and the Polytechnic Institute in New York. He joined the Engineering Department of the Worthington Corporation in 1951 as an engineer. While with Worthington, Aronson worked as a manager in development engineering for the Worthington Air Conditioning Company, a division of Worthington Corporation and was instrumental in the advancement of low temperature energy utilization equipment and the development of various energy recovery systems. Aronson served as the chief contact within the Worthington Corporation for individuals and companies interested in engaging in contract work or presenting their invention ideas for development.

Aronson was awarded thirty United States patents which included an oil burner for gas turbine application, large tonnage water chillers for air conditioning, a nuclear powered system using liquid metal coolant, and a heat pump using a fuel-fired engine or turbine. In 1964, Worthington recognized Aronson's achievements with the company's Worldwide Engineering Award.
Provenance:
Donated to the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering by David Aronson over the period 1986-1989.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Heat engineering  Search this
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery  Search this
Nuclear energy  Search this
Geothermal resources  Search this
Steam  Search this
Geothermal engineering  Search this
Gas-turbine industry  Search this
Engines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Blueprints
Articles
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Diagrams
Pamphlets -- 1950-2000
Reprints
Citation:
Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, Engineering Records, 1955-1970, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0947
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Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, Engineering Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0947

The steam vents of Tuscany and the Larderello plant / by Alfredo Mazzoni

Author:
Mazzoni, Alfredo  Search this
Physical description:
170 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill. (some fold.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Tuscany
Date:
1954
Topic:
Geothermal engineering  Search this
Geothermal resources  Search this
Boric acid  Search this
Call number:
TK1041 .M35Z
TK1041.M35Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_296591

Geothermal energy : recent developments / edited by M. J. Collie

Author:
Collie, M. J  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 445 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
Topic:
Geothermal engineering  Search this
Call number:
TJ280.7 .G442X
TJ280.7.G442X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_119224

Geothermal energy as a source of electric power : thermodynamic and economic design criteria / Stanley L. Milora and Jefferson W. Tester

Author:
Milora, Stanley L  Search this
Tester, Jefferson W  Search this
Physical description:
186 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Geothermal engineering  Search this
Thermodynamics  Search this
Geothermal resources  Search this
Call number:
TK1055 .M54X
TK1055.M54X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_76508

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