The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 14, 1902, Page 3, Image 3

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Some New Features in the Elec
trical Englnee. Ing Department
During the past threo years consid
erable improvement has been mado in
the general equipment of the electri
cal engineering department. This has
been quite necessary, since in no other
branch of engineering do machine
types or methods of construction so
quickly become antiquated or obso
loto. The close accord with the over
changing commercial practice, which
the department has Btriven to main
tain, has also dictated the lntroduc
tion of several now courses, requiring
much additional material in both h
brary and laboratory.
tance transmission of power have
brought into extensive use the two
and threo phase generator, induc
tion motor and rotary convertor. A
representative pair of the last nan
types of apparatus have been installed
in the senior laboratory, where they
offer excellent facility for advanced
experimental work. An accompany
lng view shows three senior students
in the act of making a test upon these
machines. The panoramic view of the
main dynamo laboratory, besides a
number of recent types and a few of
historical interest, shows also in the
foreground a special two and three
phase generator, lately built to ordoi
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There aro but few libraries tr
found anywhere In tho country better
provided with electrical engineer
literature than is that of this univer
sity. A recent investigation shows
that there are 464 bound volumes de
voted exclusively to electrical sub
Jects upon the shelves, while tho list of
electrical periodicals includes lli
for tho department by tho General
Electric Co. From these various dy
namo machines electric currents of al
most any variety and of wide range in
quantity, pressure and frequency may
be easily derived. An excellent set
of Weston and other instruments are
also at hand with which to measure
small copper wires to run the maohln
ery of a town or mine. Such pressures
as the last named cause the wires to i
become luminous at night, mako each
particular hair stand on end as one
passes beneath them, and will even
cause miniature lightning (lashes to
dart from wire to wire across an in
tervening space of Bovoral incheB.
Tho department has lately received
four largo transformers which can be
so coupled and operated as to produce
a pressure amounting to 50,000 vo.iS.
This will afford opportunity for ex
periments nnd instruction along the
very latest lines of commercial devel
opment. Owing to the great danger
procoascs. The application of elec
tricity in mining is also extonslYO
both in obtaining the oro nnd in ex
tracting tho metal. Tho electrical en
gineering departments, in conjunction
with thoBO of chemistry of somo of
tho largest and most progressive uni
versities, have lately boon striving to
meet this new demand. There 1b, In
the extonded application of this now
art, much that requires tho construc
tive ability of tho englneor, aB for in
stance tho building and management
of tho enormous electric furnnceB and
tho apparatus by which they aro regu
lated and supplied with power. In
another direction wo And tho Btorage
battery or accumulator becoming a
prominent feature In electric lighting
and In electric railway work. AIbo
there is much that suggests tho pos-
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German. The major part of these
works are kept in the departmental 1.
brary, shown herewith, which is de
voted to engineering and mathematics,
a skilled assistant being constantly In
Recent developments In long dis
Tho voltage employed for the' trans
mission of energy during the past few
years has steadily crept up from the
danger limit at 500 volts, as used in
the trolley circuit, to 40,000 and 00,
000 volts now found in some western
transmissions, where tho power fron
Waterfalls Is sent many miles over
Involved In approaching these pieces
of apparatus while in operation, they
have been entirely surrounded by a
wooden cage and all manipulation
switches, circuits, otc., will be accom
plibhed from the outside.
Tho rapid strides which havo been
made in tho art 6f electro-chemistry
and electro-metallurgy both in thib
country and abroad aro hardly rea
llzed as yet by the uninitiated. The
prodigious powor which has been de
veloped at Niagara Falls is now large
ly utilized In tho production of or
dinary chemical products almost to
the exclusion of many old familiar
sibillty of an early solution of tho
problem which has for Its object tho
conversion of tho latent energy of
coal directly into electric energy with
out tho Intervention of tho Bteam en
glno and the dynamo; so that all
electricians may ere long become per
force electro-chemical engineers. In
order that the students of this depart
ment need not leave the Institution
without proper training In the con
struction and management of these
special devices, tho course In electro
chemistry was last year introduced.
Excellent facilities havo accordingly
been provided for practical Instruction
along some of the above lines, and
much more equipment of the sort Is
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