Archive for February 6th, 2020
I’ve always wondered what’s inside a metal-case vacuum tube:
The cutter last saw action on the EMT used in the MPCNC, so it’s intended for use on steel tubes. I thought about parting the case off in the lathe, but a tubing cutter sufficed for a first attempt, even if it couldn’t cut quite as close to the flange as I wanted.
A 5T4 tube is a full-wave rectifier with two sections:
Unsurprisingly, the guts resemble those of glass-envelope rectifier tubes in my collection, like this 5U4GB:
The metal case would be far more rugged than a glass bottle and, perhaps, the flange locked the tube into its socket against vibration.
The filaments surely weren’t thoriated, so it’s all good …