Observations - Gaps and Arcs

From:  Marco Denicolai [SMTP:marco-at-vistacom.fi]
Sent:  Thursday, July 02, 1998 1:08 AM
To:  Tesla List
Subject:  Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs

At 23:11 01/07/98 -0500, you wrote:
>-----Original Message-----
>From: terryf-at-verinet-dot-com <terryf-at-verinet-dot-com>
>To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
>Date: Wednesday, July 01, 1998 4:28 PM
>Subject: Observations - Gaps and Arcs
>        I use a series of copper pipe sections mounted on a straight piece
>of wood as a spark gap.  I made another last night that had three times the
>spacing between the sections.  The pipe diameter was larger but I don't
>think that had much effect.  I found that with larger spacing the quenching
>was much worse!
>"Old Gap"
>7 spaces at 7 mil each with 1/2" pipe
>"New Gap"
>3 spaces at 24 mil each with 3/4" pipe
>The firing voltage in each case was about 7400 volts peak producing about a
>200kV output.
>        The quenching of the new gap was terrible!  The old gap almost
>always quenched at the first zero current crossing.  The new gap often went
>through 5 nodes before it quenched (actually the system just ran down).
>This strongly suggests that many very small gaps are much better than a few
>larger ones.  I think gaps less than 5 mil will clog up so there is a limit
>how small the gaps can be.  

Terry, that is just my spark gap: 3 spaces at 0.7 mm (27 mil) and also my peak 
volts is about 7KV. Besides improved quenching (with 7 mil gaps) did you get
also longer sparks or more sparks from the toroid?
I mean, what are the practical benefits for me to go for the 7 mil gaps?
(This maybe a stupid question, I know...)


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