Milwaukee Electrician Torpedo Level 48-22-5009
The Milwaukee Electrician Torpedo Level is a type of electrical equipment used in shipboard installations where high voltage power lines are required. These levels provide power to various systems aboard ships and submarines. They are typically located at the stern or after end of the vessel, near the bridge, and are designed to withstand tremendous forces such as those generated during collisions with other vessels or torpedoes fired from enemy craft.
These levels are sometimes referred to as “torpedo tubes”. They have been around since the days when steamboats were used extensively. Today they are found aboard many merchant ships and submarines.
In general, these levels consist of two parts: a main body and a supporting structure called a footer. The footer contains several small conductors which allow current to flow through it, thus supplying power to various devices onboard the vessel.
The footer may be made of any material, but most commonly consists of steel. The footer itself may be made out of a variety of materials including aluminum, copper, lead, magnesium alloy and even plastic.
The body is typically made out of cast iron or bronze. The iron or bronze used to make these bodies is chosen for its ability to withstand great force, even if it means the device itself may be heavy as a result. It is this weight which enables the torpedo level to withstand great pressure during collisions at sea.
As the footer and body are separate parts, they may be serviced independently of one another. If a footer is damaged during a collision, it may be very easily replaced. In many cases the footer is designed to break away from the body at a certain pressure or stress point during an accident, this is to save the body which contains most of the expensive and sensitive internal components.
The whole torpedo level may be mounted on small wheels so that it may be moved about the ship for repair or replacement of components in the body or footer.
These levels provide power to auxiliary systems such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, water, oil and raw water pumps, water desalination and firefighting systems. They may also be used to provide power for weapons when enemy craft are in the vicinity.
The torpedo level may have two or more footers connected together. These may be “daisy chained” to provide power to the entire vessel. When one footer is removed, another may take its place.
This allows for repair or replacement of damaged equipment without having to turn off and then restart all systems.
At the top of the torpedo level is typically a small electrical panel with breakers or fuses which may be used to disconnect individual systems in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or flooding.
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