Artifact Details

Title

Whirlwind rectifier unit

Catalog Number

102732049

Type

Physical object

Date

1951

Manufacturer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Identifying Numbers

Other number GL-5855 Printed on each of the vacuum tubes

Dimensions

overall: 16 in x 31 in x 12 in

Description

Object is a frame bearing six large glass thyratron tubes (General Electric GL-5855). Evidently part of the power supply, intended to rectify 220VAC 3-phase into direct current. (Note the museum has an individual GL-5855 as artifact 102718245.) There are also 6 fuses rated at 250V, 50A. Some of the fuses have labels identifying them as "F102 50A" and similar. Projecting from the back are brackets holding four large ceramic resistors.

Category

Component/other

Credit

Gift of the Digital Equipment Corporation

Lot Number

X115.82