Artifact Details

Title

Magnetic drum

Catalog Number

102733884

Type

Physical object

Identifying Numbers

Other number V-2 103 84 Paper label on top
Serial number 1178708-F Metal plate on motor

Dimensions

overall: 20 1/2 in x 57 in x 13 in

Description

Object is a cylinder 36 inches long and 9 inches in diameter coated with magnetic material and mounted horizontally in a very heavy tub of three-quarter inch thick aluminum pieces. A one-third horsepower motor rotates the drum at 1725 rpm. Mounted above the drum is a frame that appears to contain many read/write heads. Along the top of the frame are four solenoids, probably to raise and lower the head assembly.

Category

Memory & storage/drum