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"This invention relates to apparatus for producing gases and is in the nature of an improvement upon the well-known method and apparatus for producing gases by electrolysis in which a liquid is separated into its component gases by passing a current of electricity through a suitable liquid which is termed the electrolyte. This method of produces gases has been heretofore practiced at atmospheric pressure. In order that the gases thus produced may be thereafter liquefied, it is necessary that they should be placed under enormous pressure to secure the necessary compression and reduction in volume. This compression of the gases, whether for the purpose above described or for other purposes, requires the provision of costly and troublesome machines, and the operation of these machines is not without danger. It is the principal object of my invention to provide apparatus by which the production and the compression of the gases may be substantially simultaneous, the process being capable of performance in a single simple apparatus. A further object of my invention is concerned with the provision of an improved form of electrolysis chamber. Other features of my invention related to devices for automatically interrupting the operation of the apparatus on the occurrence of certain predetermined conditions and also to an improved arrangement of parts by which the pressure sustained by the packing of the electrolysis chamber is materially reduced."
gases, electrolysis, electricity, electrical engineering, electrolytes
Goddard, Robert, "Apparatus for Producing Gases" (1915). WPI Patents Collection. 25.