Thursday, January 7, 2016

Crack the Shell - Core Exposed

About this post:
Thoughts about 50 year old single phase transformers that are being replaced. The old transformers are being scrapped so it is the first time in 50 years the transformer cores have been exposed to light and free air. The transformer tanks  had to be cut open with a torch to get to the core. In some ways it is similar to things in life that have been hidden and are now exposed. Enjoy the free verse poem.

Crack the Shell - Core Exposed

Those places sealed from moment of creation.
Cut open and exposed.
In darkness for decades.
Now cracked open to the light.

Covered in coldness, steel.
Protective casing cut.
Insulation exposed.
Dielectric covering no more.

Paper insulation once filled with oil.
Dripping free of impregnated insulating oil.
Moisture, once an enemy.
Now allowed to breathe free.

Gallons and gallons of oil.
Oil, light and highly refined removed.
Oil, copper, and steel to the recycler.
Melted down, repurposed, nothing wasted.

About the Author:  Brian Bucks lives on a small horse ranch in Western Nebraska and is a husband, father, electrical engineer, and poet.

Image is of 230/115kV single phase transformer core being exposed.

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