Need Help With Capacitor

 * Carbons Sent to: usa-tesla-at-usa-dot-net

Quoting Chip:

Your pulse discharge is going to oscillate however: a smooth wide
strap will have the lowest resistance to this type of energy. RQ

> Since my garage is about 20 degrees below freezing, I thought I
> would make some caps indoors.  I was thinking of using wide 
> straps instead of the 6 gauge wire that I used in my other cap. 

> The question is how wide is wide enough?  I was leaning towards
> a few 2" straps placed along the length of the conductor, 
> thereby reducing inductance.  The conductor is about 10 or 12 
> mils thick aluminum.

There is no sense in over-designing. I guess I mean if the total
surface area of the capacitor bussing exceeds the total surface
area of the primary conductor then what would be the point? In
figuring this for a coil system I would tend to figure the total
surface area of the intended primary conductor and try to match
this throughout the entire tank circuit. If I were using a pipe
primary I would also figure the surface area inside the tube,
though I am not sure it would make a difference. My experience
has also been that straps do not have to be wide to be effective;
I have used straps for primary coils that ran cooler after
additional layers were added. I simply added a second, then
finally a third strap to make the coil heavier and increase the
surface area. The straps were bonded by occasional spot
soldering, but any method could be used (friction tape, plastic
wire ties, spot welds, clamps, etc.) to hold two or three
thicknesses of strap conductor together. I picked this tip up
from closely examining a couple of Bill Wysocks strap primaries.
And I see no reason why two straps run parallel, one atop the
other, would be any less effective (practically) than a single
strap with twice the width.

Richard Quick
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