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Saturable Reactor - CSIRAC Computer, 1949-1964 Object Reg. No: ST 044257

At the time, saturable reactors were the only way to maintain a constant output voltage of a power supply.

Saturable reactors are physically large, heavy, and expensive compared to the electronic power controllers available in the late part of the 20th Century. In the main, they have been replaced by thyristor dimmers using triacs or SCRs.

This item was removed from Unit 6 (Back Cabinet # 1).

The date range (1949-1964) is given to indicate that changes were made to the structure and circuitry over the period of CSIRAC's working life.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), 1965
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computers, computing, csirac computer, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: components & circuits
Commissioned By: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), 1949-1955
User: University of Melbourne (The), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1964
Date Used: 1949-1964

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