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3rd Edition

Power Vacuum Tubes Handbook

ISBN 9781138077485
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
707 Pages 447 B/W Illustrations

USD $115.00

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Book Description

Providing examples of applications, Power Vacuum Tubes Handbook, Third Edition examines the underlying technology of each type of power vacuum tube device in common use today. The author presents basic principles, reports on new development efforts, and discusses implementation and maintenance considerations. Supporting mathematical equations and extensive technical illustrations and schematic diagrams help readers understand the material.

Translate Principles into Specific Applications

This one-stop reference is a hands-on guide for engineering personnel involved in the design, specification, installation, and maintenance of high-power equipment utilizing vacuum tubes. It offers a comprehensive look at the important area of high-frequency/high-power applications of microwave power devices, making it possible for general principles to be translated into specific applications. Coverage includes power grid tubes—triodes, tetrodes, and pentodes—as well as microwave power tubes such as klystrons, traveling wave tubes, gyrotrons, and other high-frequency devices. These vacuum tubes are used in applications from radio broadcasting to television, radar, satellite communications, and more.

Explore a Wide Variety of Methods in Power Vacuum Tube Design

This third edition includes updates on vacuum tube technology, devices, applications, design methods, and modulation methods. It also expands its scope to cover properties of materials and RF system maintenance and troubleshooting. Explaining difficult concepts and processes clearly, this handbook guides readers in the design and selection of a power vacuum tube-based system.

What’s New in This Edition

  • Includes two new chapters on properties of materials and RF system maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Contains updates and additions in most chapters
  • Identifies key applications for commercial and scientific research
  • Examines the frontiers of materials science directly impacting construction, reliability, and performance
  • Reviews methods of power tube design for more efficient, longer-lasting tubes
  • Features updated illustrations throughout to clarify and explain fundamental principles and implementation considerations

Table of Contents

Power Vacuum Tube Applications
Vacuum Tube Development
Vacuum Tube Applications
Electromagnetic Radiation Spectrum

Modulation Systems and Characteristics
Modulation Systems
Operating Class
Thermal and Circuit Noise
Amplitude Modulation
Frequency Modulation
Pulse Modulation
Spread Spectrum Systems

Vacuum Tube Principles
Characteristics of Electrons
Types of Vacuum Tubes
High-Frequency Operating Limits
Vacuum Tube Design
Tube Construction
Electron Tube Characteristics

Designing Vacuum Tube Circuits
Principles of RF Power Amplification
High-Voltage Power Supplies

Applying Vacuum Tube Devices
AM Power Amplification Systems
Linear Amplification
High-Efficiency Linear Amplification
Television Power Amplifier Systems
FM Power Amplifier Systems
Special-Application Amplifiers

Microwave Power Tubes
Grid Vacuum Tubes
Klystrode/lnductive Output Tube
Constant Efficiency Amplifier
Traveling Wave Tube
Crossed-Field Tubes
Other Microwave Devices
Microwave Tube Life

RF Interconnection and Switching
Coaxial Transmission Line
RF Combiner and Diplexer Systems
High-Power Isolators

Properties of Materials
Tabular Data

Cooling Considerations
Application of Cooling Principles
Operating Environment

Reliability Considerations
Quality Assurance
Reliability Analysis
Vacuum Tube Reliability
Klystron Reliability

Device Performance Criteria
Measurement Parameters
Vacuum Tube Operating Parameters
Voltage Standing Wave Ratio
Radio Frequency System Performance

RF System Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Routine Maintenance
Transmission Line and Antenna
High-Voltage Power Supply
Troubleshooting Procedure

Safe Handling of Vacuum Tube Devices
Electric Shock
Operating Hazards
Nonionizing Radiation

Appendix: Mathematics, Symbols, and Physical Constants


Most chapters include an introduction, references, and a bibliography.

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Jerry C. Whitaker is the vice president of Standards Development at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). He has been involved in various aspects of the electronics industry for more than 30 years, with specialization in communications. His CRC Press books include the following:


"This handbook provides outstanding coverage of the present art in high-power vacuum-tube design and operation. After reading this book the reader will be intimately familiar with modern vacuum tubes. Engineers involved with the design, installation, specification, and maintenance of high-power vacuum tubes will find this handbook an invaluable resource in their work. There are certainly very few books on vacuum tubes, and this one provides a wealth of current information on all the common vacuum tubes in use today."
—John J. Shea, IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, May/June 2013, Vol. 29, No. 3

Praise for Previous Editions

"…a valuable resource for practicing electrical engineers and others involved with vacuum tubes and related equipment."
—E.M. Aupperle, Choice, December 1999