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Electrolytic Condenser "Blows Its Top"
January 1947 Radio News Article

January 1947 Radio News

January 1947 Radio & Television News Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

These articles are scanned and OCRed from old editions of the Radio & Television News magazine. Here is a list of the Radio & Television News articles I have already posted. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Who among us has not purposely hooked up a power supply to an electrolytic capacitor and turned up the voltage until it popped? It was a ritual for new guys in the shop. Admittedly, the ones I've blown up were insignificant compared to the one shown in this photo where the staff at Daven Labs reproduced a test failure and was sure to be rolling film during the process. Hopefully, no one was in the room either time.

Electrolytic Condenser "Blows Its Top"

Electrolytic Condenser "Blows Its Top", January 1947 Radio News - RF CafeTechnicians working quietly at their tasks at the Daven Laboratories in Newark, New Jersey were startled recently when an electrolytic condenser suddenly "blew its top." The can hit the ceiling with the speed of a bullet while paper and foil spiraled upward in a cloud of smoke. Walter Steinhard, Radio News Staff Photographer, re-produced the phenomena realistically with the original cast of parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted September 12, 2016