Saturable Reactor - CSIRAC Computer, 1949-1964 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 In the main, they have been replaced by thyristor dimmers using triacs or SCRs.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
|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|