Re: Sync vs. Non-sync, was: additional transformers [rotary gap]
Sent: Saturday, August 09, 1997 3:03 AM
Subject: Re: Sync vs. Non-sync, was: additional transformers [rotary gap]
In a message dated 97-08-08 18:13:01 EDT, you write:
> I am still a little fuzzy about the synch/non-synch rotary gaps. I
> understand the basics of the synch gap-but how is the non-synchronous
> gap advantageous?
> The confused, bewildered, and vexed
The main advantage of a non-sync gap is that the break-rate can be
adjusted over a wide range simply by varying the motor speed. By
varying the break-rate, you vary the input power to the coil. So the
gap is more versatile.
Sync-gaps are best used at a 120 BPS break-rate where they can
provide smooth and repeatable resonant charging conditions
compared with a non-sync gap. Sync gaps can be used at higher
break-rates...but offer little if any advantage.
Sync-gaps are particularly useful for neon transformer powered systems
in which steady firing conditions help to prevent transformer damage.