Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 22:36:02 -0500 (CDT)
From: Larry Bud Melman <gasman-at-althea.a-line-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)

> My employer made electrosurgery equipment back in the 40's (which used a 
> static gap).  I've dug through the old log books and discovered that 
> much research was performed pertaining to the number and size of the 
> spark gaps.
> One final design contained a series of 8 tungsten - tungsten gaps, 3/8 
> inch diameter, set for (I think) 0.012 inch each.  A clever mechanical 
> device would reset the spacings of each gap once the machine was turned 
> on - thus compensating for erosion.
> I've also discovered that the Miller part numbers (posted in the recent 
> tesla resource list from R. Hull) for the tungsten TIG contact points, 
> heat sinks, and ceramic base are still valid and stocked at most 
> locations. :)  They also want to charge the ludicrous price of 98..89 for 
> the p/n 096761 HF/HV 10KV 0.002 uf capacitor!

	Since this talk about multi-static gaps has been propagating on
this listserv, I've been wondering about the feasibility of such a gap,
carried to the Nth degree, on a hi-power coil.  Like ten or twenty gaps
divided equally, made with big pieces of material acting as big heat sinks,
and lots of airflow with a big fan.  

	You see, I fear I am destined to have to build a RSG, and am actually 
seeking parts to do so.  However, as long as it is possible, I'm going to 
continue to delude myself into believing it's possible to consider alternatives.
(for my about 10,000 watt, 27,000v, 16-20inch coil).

	Yeah, I know - I'm nuts        ;-o