Re: Skin Effect & Primary Current?
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>To: "Fred W. Bach, TRIUMF Operations" <music-at-triumf.ca>
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> Archain humor? Well I sort of thought that, but the mercury-gap
> idea sounded like it really might be a good one. Therefore I am
> not surprized to read on this list that Tesla already thought of it!
Your concern with the hazards of mercury vapour are well taken,
especially in our modern times and in light of what we now know
about its toxicity. (For instance, did you know that liquid
mercury, which was thought not as toxic as the vapour, was once
used as a laxative??! Horrors!) I believe that quite a bit mercury
is still used in many places and many laboratories for legitamate
uses (like the crowbar circuit on the 21KVDC RF plate-circuit power
supply for the RF transmitter on our main cyclotron), but nowadays
we are supposed to design our equipment with safety in mind, not
like it was done long ago. Therefore I felt your suggestion of a
rotary paddle wheel and some mercury pooling was a nice beginning
for a totally new, enclosed, design. Ideas have to start somewhere
and you're as good a start as anybody, I guess, even when you're
trying to be a litle funny.
Fred W. Bach , Operations Group | Internet: music-at-triumf.ca
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