Primary and secondary coils of wire which reduce (step down) the utility supply volt age for use within a facility.


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PILOT WIRE REGULATOR

Automatic device for controlling adjustable gains or losses associated with transmission circuits to compensate for transmission changes caused by temperature variations, the control usually depending upon the resistance of a conductor or pilot wire having substantially the same temperature conditions as the conductors of the circuits being regulated.

OPTICAL PYROMETER

An instrument which 382 determines the temperature of a very hot surface from its incandescent brightness; the image of the surface is focused in the plane of an electrically heated wire, and current through the wire is adjusted until the wire blends into the image of the surface. Also known as disappearing filament pyrometer.

OFF-COUNT MESH

A mesh in a wire cloth in which the count is not the same for both directions.

NULL-BALANCE RECORDER

An instrument in which a motor-driven slide wire in a measuring circuit is continuously adjusted so that the voltage or current to be measured will be balanced against the voltage or current from this circuit; a pen linked to the slide wire makes a graphical record of its position as a function of time.

NONSTRANDED ROPE

A wire rope with the wires in concentric sheaths instead of in strands, and in opposite directions in the different sheaths, giving the rope nonspinning properties. Also known as nonspinning rope.

METER WHEEL

A special block used to support the oceanographic wire paid out over the side of a ship; attached directly or connected by means of a speedometer cable to a gearbox which measures the length of wire.

MECHANICAL SPLICE

A splice made to terminate wire rope by pressing one or more metal sleeves over the rope junction.

MASK

1. A frame used in front of a television picture tube to conceal the rounded edges of the screen. 2. A thin sheet of metal or other material containing an open pattern, used to shield selected portions of a semiconductor or other surface during a deposition process. 3. A protective covering for the face or head in the form of a wire screen, a metal shield, or a respirator.

LONG SPAN

Span of open wire exceeding 250 feet (76 meters) in length.

LENARD SPIRAL

A type of magnetometer consisting of a spiral of bismuth wire and a Wheatstone bridge to measure changes in the resistance of the wire produced by magnetic fields and as a result of the transverse magnetoresistance of bismuth.

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