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From: Fred Bloggs
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Subject: Re: Explosions in electronics.
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Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 00:50:39 GMT
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Chuck Simmons wrote:
> I spent more than two years of a three year all expense paid vacation
> awarded to me by the US government largely because I was too chicken to
> flee to Canada at a site where there were about 65 HF transmitters most
> of which were 30kW and above. These large and somewhat old transmitters
> occasionally developed suicidal tendencies accompanied by fireworks and
> noise of impressive proportions. We prided ourselves on being able to
> get a well done charbroiled transmitter back on line in less than 24
> hours. I think the problem that fooled me the longest was the mouse that
> ate through the insulation on one phase of a 5000 volt 12 amp three
> phase plate supply transformer. The wires were under the floor and I
> couldn't see them. This particular transmitter sounded like a shotgun
> going off while it had the problem. Fire shot more than a foot out of
> the motorized main breaker when it tripped. It was really quite a sight.
> It was worth seeing but as I was trying to enjoy my all expense paid
> vacation, I was slightly peevish about being called out on a weekend
> especially because they didn't so much as offer to pay for my gasoline
> for the drive out and back.
Actually, since you are on the subject of explosions, the materials
department of UC at San Diego announced several months ago the
"accidental" discovery of a doped silicon compound that will explode in
the traditional sense upon application of low voltage. This is being
developed into the ultimate security fuse for ASICs of the future.
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