Re: More Capacitor Ideas

Subject:      Re: More Capacitor Ideas
       Date:   Mon, 16 Jun 1997 09:22:39 +1200
       From:  "Malcolm Watts" <MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz>
Organization:  Wellington Polytechnic, NZ
         To:   tesla-at-pupman-dot-com

Hi Peter,

>       From:  Peter Electric <elekessy-at-macquarie.matra-dot-com.au>
>         To:  Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> References:  1
> Tesla List wrote:
> > 
> > Subject:  More Capacitor Ideas
> >   Date:   Thu, 12 Jun 1997 14:10:20 -0400
> >   From:   "Thomas McGahee" <tom_mcgahee-at-sigmais-dot-com>
> >     To:  <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> >     CC:  "Tesla-2" <tesla-2-at-emachine-dot-com>
> > 
> > Fellow Coilers,
> > 
> > Fr. Tom here again.
> > 
> Snippo
> > 
> > Some more thoughts:
> > 
> > I am sure that most of the ideas I come up with have also been
> > thought about by others like Malcolm Watts and Alfred Skrocki and
> > Mike Hammer, just to mention a few. Mike even asked me if I had been
> > spying on him :) Nope. I gues that it's just that great minds often
> > think along the same lines. Different actual thoughts, but remarkably
> > similar in many respects. Snip!
> While we're on the subject of great minds, (and extreme modesty) I have
> had an idea also. I'm sure someone has thought of this before, but what
> about using just Xformer oil as your dielectric. Some of the better oils
> seem to have fairly good Dielectric constant, not to mention reasonable
> breakdown voltage, so what if you used something like plastic flyscreen
> mesh between the plates. This would allow oil to flow freely and might
> even allow the capacitor to "self heal" in the event of an arc over.
> Let me know if anyone has tried this technique.

Good ol' transformer oil is exactly what I am using in homebuilt caps 
right now. However, recognize that a single zap through the plastic 
and you are finished. This is quite different from using paper soaked 
in oil.