Re: Identify this machine please (fwd)

        Re: Identify this machine please (fwd)
        Tue, 8 Apr 1997 22:37:09 -0600 (MDT)
        List owner <listown-at-poodle.pupman-dot-com>

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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 22:31:09 -0600
From: Open Minded <bturner-at-nospam.apc-dot-net.pupman-dot-com>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: Identify this machine please

Tesla List wrote:
> Subject:
>         Identify this machine please
>   Date:
>         Sat, 05 Apr 1997 15:52:37 -1200
>   From:
>         Ken Smith <ksmith-at-ihug.co.nz>
>     To:
>         Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> All,
>         I may be off topic here since I have a feeling this is a High
> Voltage subject, but I have no access to that and I know a number of you
> are
> into both sides.
> What I have is a puzzle.  I have found a piece of exceptionally well
> made
> machinery with a plate on it that says 160KV and two enormous DC
> sockets.
> This is brand new and was dumped by the large hospital here in Auckland.
> On the plate(s) :
> Z.BO.16CT
> General Electric GGRSA, 100 Rue Camille, France
> RS21 CFR
> Statorix 1600
> Physically it looks like :
> At the back is a Radiator 14 x 10 inches with high quality pipes and
> fittings and twin 115V fans.  The pipes run to a small (beer can size)
> pump
> that is labelled 115V 16A. From there the pipes run to either side of
> the
> main machine housing.
> The main machine is compact 2 x 1 ft and exceedingly heavy (over 100
> lbs).
> It is made of very high quality machined steel possibly tungsten.  It
> has a
> turbine appearance and all external plates and covers are of equally
> fine
> construction and the thing is plugged together with aircraft style allen
> key
> bolts.  In fact it looks like a aircraft turbine engine in construction
> and
> quality. Laterally it is circular but from the front there are two
> smaller
> disk shaped chambers on either side of a main chamber.  It is into the
> smaller disks that the pipes from the pump go.  Inside the smaller
> disks, on
> the edge of the main chamber are two (approx 2 inch) sockets that are
> inset
> some 5 inches, lined with ceramic material, ribbed to take O rings seals
> and
> marked ANODE / CATHODE.  On the right hand disk the pipe is T junctioned
> with a valve that looks like a larger version of the filler valve on my
> car
> AC.  Pushing it got a gas out, but no smell or sensation.
> My best guess is that it is a HV generator of some sort, but there are
> many
> questions as to what it exactly is - and what it was / could be used
> for.
> It is far too well made to be something simple or frivolous and the
> 160KV
> rings a 'useful' bell.  I have stopped the rubbish man from taking it to
> bits with a chisel and put him on strict orders to leave it alone.  He
> is
> looking at scrap value for 100 lbs + of high grade steel.  My bet is
> that it
> has more value than that - but what and who for..
> BTW it is brand new.  There is not a mark on it and the fitting and
> plugs
> are all sealed with manufactures caps in place still.
> Sorry to be a pest with this one, but it is a puzzle that I cannot
> solve.
> Ken
> Ken Smith
> Weymouth
> Auckland
> http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~ksmith
> ksmith-at-ihug.co.nz

Ken -

It could be an X-ray tube/head from a industrial X-ray unit.
The pump could be for water-cooling of the X-ray tube.

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