How to build a bigger, better engine
In the early 1800s, industrialisation accelerated. New overseas markets and a thriving population demanded more and more goods. Power-driven machinery was used to keep up with demand, and this increasingly depended upon the steam engine.
Not only was industry's total output growing, but individual factories began to increase in size. Large factories became far more common. Making steam engines suitable to drive them required new technical developments.
How did engineers help industry get bigger?