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More Detail On Giant LANL Rotor

on October 18, 2019 - 6:23pm
A truck convoy transporting a giant rotor headed out today from Los Alamos National Laboratory and is shown here this morning passing the ‘Y’ on N.M. 4 near White Rock. Photo/Copyright 2019 by Leigh House
 
By LEIGH HOUSE
Los Alamos
 
The rotor (spinning part) of a very large motor-generator was found to need repairs at a specialized repair site in Virginia.
 
The first part of this trip to repair it will be by truck that will take it to a rail station. Because it is so large and so heavy, it required a special truck assembly to move it. The truck took up two lanes of NM Highway 4 as it travelled. NM State Police blocked other traffic while convoy passed on its way to Santa Fe.
 
The large rotor of a motor-generator is shrouded in white plastic for the trip. It weighs several hundred thousand pounds and requires a special trailer with many wheels to distribute its weight and not overload the highway. The truck-trailer combination had one truck in the lead to pull, with two additional trucks in back to push.
 
While in operation at the Lab, it is used to store electrical power to create highly energetic pulses of magnetic fields as part of the National Science Foundation funded NHMFL (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory). NHMFL is a user facility with experimental sites in Los Alamos (Los Alamos National Laboratory), along with Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State University) and Gainesville, Fla. (University of Florida). NHMFL focuses on research to learn how materials behave when subjected to intense magnetic fields.

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