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Blowing things up, and other reasons I love my job

Sylvie Barak,
8/20/2012 05:25 PM EDT

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re: Blowing things up, and other reasons I love my job
seaEE   8/25/2012 2:01:10 AM
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Sylvie, I enjoyed your video as it brought back some memories of a visit I made to Littelfuse not long after embarking on my engineering career. I was selected to join some other engineers to visit Littelfuse at their Des Plaines facility. I had never been to Chicago, so that, itself, was an adventure. I remember them telling us about the generator they had at their facility that was used to create the power required for their fuse testing, and I remember them mentioning how long it took the generator to get up to speed. I remember the giant copper bus bars they had for carrying the current. Our product was place on a table and hooked up to the high voltage source, and run through various test. We watched the test from a viewing/control room, separated from the test room by a window several inches thick. I remember one explosion occurring and instinctively ducking! The folks at Littelfuse were great hosts, and I learned a lot about fuses--terms like "closing angle" and I**2t, and how fuse performs differently under DC and AC conditions, and how a little inductance in the circuit can affect the fusing action. There is a lot of science behind what is seemingly a simple component, and every day they are protecting us from harm. I also caught the train into downtown Chicago, and did some touristy things like visiting the Sears Tower. That was nice too. All in all it was a great trip and a neat learning experience.

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walken1   8/24/2012 7:03:29 PM
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LOL - I think Chipmonk probably didn't have his cup of coffee that morning. =)

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SylvieBarak   8/22/2012 9:58:51 PM
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really? That's why you became an engineer? Sounds like an interesting decision path....

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chipmonk0   8/22/2012 4:46:44 PM
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And what made you become an engineer to begin with? to avoid unqualified / lazy journalists ( hacks ) who shoot their mouth to cover their ignorance of the subject matter

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