"static" gap idea - anyone tried this

Subject:  "static" gap idea - anyone tried this
  Date:   Mon, 21 Apr 97 14:54:34 UT
  From:   "William Noble" <William_B_Noble-at-msn-dot-com>
    To:   "Tesla List" <tesla-at-poodle.pupman-dot-com>

is this a cool idea (bad pun) or something that has been tried and

in lieu of a RQ or quenched static gap, consider the following:

take a disk of metal - aluminum would be good.  Like a platter from an
hard disk.  Spin it fast - say 3600 to 5000 RPM.  This is a smooth disk,
protrousions, no contact points.

form a gap using an electrode material of your choice as follows:
source to electrode 1 to disk to electrode 2.(use courrier font to see
diagram below)

side view

---electrode 1------#                   #--------electrode 2-----------
                    #                   #
                        #                       #
                DDDDDDDDDDspinning diskDDDDDDDDDDDD

This should quench well to to 2 factors - 1. the disk will stay cool, 2.
surface adhesion of the air will cause a good air flow across the arcs.

comments anyone??