Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Estudi de l'alt forn de la Reial Foneria de Sant Sebastià de la Muga i la seva producció (segle XVIII)

Marià Baig i Aleu

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In this communication we review the evolution of blast furnace techniques
in Europe in order to place in its historical context the foundation of the royal foundry
of Sant Sebastià de la Muga (1768-1794). We justify also the interest of the military estate
in promoting the cast iron foundries for ammunition production and the role of the
French engineers into the Spanish technical developments in the XVIII century. Finally,
we present an original scheme of the main furnace of the royal foundry of Sant Sebastià
de la Muga and the chemical analysis of some recovered materials.

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