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How did the steam engine change the world?

james watt

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The steam engine is an example of heat engine. Heat engines are those that convert heat energy into mechanical work. The steam engine was perfected by James Watt.

The steam engine was a totally portable source of power, which could operate heavy machinery. As a result there was a boom in factories and industries flourished.



james watt steam engine outline

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The steam engine made train travel much quicker, and made the transport of raw materials easier as well.

George Stephenson played a key role in producing the first commercially used steam trains, The steam engine is considered to be the engine that drove the Industrial Revolution.