Bad Day -at- Coil Corral....
Subject: Bad Day -at- Coil Corral....
From: richard.quick-at-slug-dot-org (Richard Quick)
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 1996 02:58:00 GMT
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> Today was spent setting up the 6kva Thorardson transformer on
> my coil that was previously driven with a 15kv 30ma neon quite
> sucessfully. I could not get a breakout with this new setup no
> matter what I tried. The florescent lamps above the coil lit
> up brighter than ever, but no breakout. I did draw the most
> active spark ever to date by placing a wooden handled ice
> scraper about a foot away from the torroid. With all that
> energy, I cannot belive that there was no breakout. Hopefully
> the "bathtub" learing curve rule is in effect and lessons
> learned will be fruitful in short order. I did discover that
> the Thorardson is not current limited.
Then the gaps did not quench well enough to deliver the peak
power required to produce the spark. It is very difficult to get
a static gap system capable of quenching an externally ballasted
transformer. Air blast gaps are the only static gaps that I have
seen capable of making a decent break on externally limited
... If all else fails... Throw another megavolt across it!
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