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E&MP 72.077

Artificial Lightning

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Dr. P.L. Bellaschi, director of the Westinghouse high voltage laboratory at Sharon, Pa., examines pictures of laboratory lightning to determine the voltage and duration of man-made strokes used to test transformers and other electrical apparatus.

Resembling business charts, the pictures or graphs are produced in a cathode ray oscillograph which records on film the intensity of laboratory lightning.

Studies like this have enabled Westinghouse engineers to build electrical equipment that withstands nature's most powerful thunderbolts.


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