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U17

Sensibly equivalent to:
AU4 CV1113 NU18 VU113
See also:
Osram Advert, October 1936 - CV1113 short entry
    
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Although marked as a VU113 this exhibit is clearly manufactured by M-OV and therefore a 'pukka' U17.
It should be remembered that an oscilloscope CRT normally has electrostatic deflection plates which, especially in older designs, required quite large signal swings (+ hundreds of volts) in order to achieve deflections up to + a diameter. It was therefore necessary to provide horizontal and vertical deflection amplifiers capable of very large output voltage swings and this in turn would mean that the deflection amplifiers would require special valves operating from an anode supply of, perhaps, 1,500 V. Additionally, potentiometer chains consuming several mA would be needed to move the zero trace up and down the screen.
Since the deflection sensitivity of an electrostatically-deflected CRT varies according to the EHT voltage applied to it, it was essential to use the same rectified supply for the deflection circuits as for the EHT applied to the CRT itself. Thus, the EHT rectifier must supply enough current for two deflection amplifiers and two potentiometer chains in addition to the cathode current of the CRT. With this in mind it can be appreciated that the rectified current rating (30 mA) of the U17 was by no means excessive.
As heater-cathode insulation would have posed design problems, the valve is directly heated. The filament passes six times through the anode cavity as a continuous wire making the shape of three inverted V's. The reservoir capacitor can be 1 µF. The normal current for a CRT power supply would be less than 5 mA.
The classic envelope is 47 mm in diameter and, excluding the B4 base pins, is 120 mm tall.
References: Datasheet & 1040. Type U17 was first introduced in 1936.

 

Pin Connections
B4
1
2
3
4
tc
-
-
f
f
a

 

Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions
Diode
Vh
Ah
Va
mAa
4.0
1
2500
30
Thanks to Frank Philipse for supplying the above PDF datasheet.
Updated April 04, 2015.
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