Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 13:39:57 -0700
From: Greg Leyh <lod-at-pacbell-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)

Larry Bud Melman wrote:

>         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

The 160kW Heise coil in Germany (circa 1964) used a 
massive single static gap, "with a supersonic blast
of air directed diagonally across the gap".

They seemed to obtain OK results (9 meter arcs)