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Filament Transformer - CSIRAC Computer, 1949-1964 Object Reg. No: ST 044263

This is a step-down transformer that reduces line voltage of 230 volts to 6.3 volts, which in turn heats the filament of a valve for the production of electrons.

One filament transformer would supply filament current for all the chasses in a cabinet, which would contain many valves. Each valve required 300 mA so the total filament current for one cabinet would be large and be distributed via heavy copper bars (busbars).

Filament transformers were located on the bottom of cabinets.

This item was removed from the base of Unit 3 (Front Cabinet # 3).

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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