Today’s testing is about finding a baseline: the specs of a system when it is running properly. And today’s baseline is about finding out about the nature of the cables when the cars are in motion.
Special experts came in from Desert Hot Springs and Colorado to perform the tests. A special instrument nicknamed simply the “magnet,” was used. The magnet is an electromagnet built something like a clamshell. There’s a tunnel running down the middle of it, and it opens up and then closes around the cable, and then secured via rigging. When Olivet and Sinai are moved, the cable travels through the magnet and the motion of the cable causes fluctuations in the magnetic field. These fluctuations show up in a readout on a small console held in the operator’s hand, and are interpreted as specs which give the condition of the cables during car motion.
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