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Old March 29th 19, 06:32 PM posted to rec.audio.tubes
Peter Wieck[_2_]
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Default What 60 HZ Feels Like - Even Some On-Topic Stuff

As an aside, I toured the Veolia Steam Plant in Philadelphia, yesterday. This plant has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1909, and is quite a remarkable place. I got to be up-close-and-personal with the equipment, including the steam and gas turbines, the boilers, pumps, controls, switchgear, powerhouse and uplink.

Standing under the main step-up transformer (2,300 VAC to 23,000 VAC) is a truly visceral experience. Once one feels that level of "HUM", one will never mistake 60 for 120 ever again.


60 HZ hum suggests a bad or failing rectifier.
120 HZ hum suggests bad or failing filter caps.
50 & 100 for our Euro and Asian friends.

Amazing amount of mechanical-feedback devices in use in these plants - it seems that VFDs and great many "modern" grid-tie devices are simply not sufficiently rugged or reliable at this scale.

Peter Wieck
Melrose Park, PA

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