RE: Idea for Capacitor

Subject:  RE: Idea for Capacitor
  Date:   Fri, 13 Jun 97 19:59:41 UT
  From:  "William Noble" <William_B_Noble-at-msn-dot-com>
    To: Tesla List" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

let the 2 capacitor end plates be 1/4 inch steel (e.g. cheap and
strong).  for 
clamping, use nonconductive brace across the plates clamped with regular
bolts.  A good nonconductive brace would be any kind of plastic,
although a 
steel angle iron with a ceramic insert would probably be ok too.  The
point is that if the end plate is rigid, then flexing of the
plate" won't be a problem.

One other alternative - make the outer box STRONG, leave a few inches on
side and put an inner tube in there, then add oil and wait a while, then 
inflate the inner tube to compress.  There are special bellows
assemblies to 
do this, but an inner tube is much cheaper.

final alternative - don't compress - just add another plate to make up
lost capacitance and compress it "mildly" just to hold everything

[bill]  snip
 2) Back up the insulative plastic with something really strong.
Really strong stuff tends to be HEAVY. Such as a sheet of 1/4 inch
aluminum. If using a conductor, make sure that bolts are kept as far
away from the edges of the actual capacitor as possible. At least far
enough that the oil will provide adequate insulation.

[bill]  snip
 Hope this helps
Fr. Tom McGahee