[Boatanchors] Thanks for Replies: Question: X-Rays from 3B28?
w_b_morton at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 14 10:29:33 EST 2015
Ok, it appears there is no x-ray risk as the voltage is too low to create any... or too low to create any strong enough to actually exit the tube.
As to why not use solid state or 5U4GB: The only reason I have is my project uses 807 and 7193 tubes and a non-top cap 5U4GB would look too bald. I figured what the heck - I found some rectifiers having a top plate cap so why not use them? Besides, the tube is filled with xenon. Such a noble tube.
True, I now need to get a separate transformer for their filaments and have to see if I even have sockets and look around for larger plate connectors and my electric bill will go up and and and...and the whole shebang might not even work. But it will still be fun to try.
If there are any other alternative non-mercury rectifier tubes having top caps, please let me know.
Thanks again for all the responses.
From: w_b_morton at hotmail.com
To: boatanchors at puck.nether.net
Subject: Question: X-Rays from 3B28?
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 03:42:24 +0000
Been thinking of using a pair of 3B28 tubes to rectify an output voltage to around 450VDC. That value is above the critical anode voltage value of 50V, so that should not be a problem. Current is less than the 500mA max listed in the table. With the output voltage far lower than the ~1000V values listed in the table, I think these things would not even break a sweat.
Two questions for the experts:
1. Any issue seen operating arund 450VDC?
2. The tubes have a sticker on the base with a warning regarding x-rays. Why is there a warning on the tube base but nothing shown on the data sheet?
I had no idea these would present an x-ray risk based on what I saw (and did not see) on the data sheet, so I picked up a pair. Perhaps this my learning experience for the week.
Have a great weekend!
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