Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 00:58:24 -0400
From: Richard Hull <rhull-at-richmond.infi-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)

Tesla List wrote:

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> Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 12:12:16 -0600
> From: terryf-at-verinet-dot-com
> To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: Re: Observations - Gaps and Arcs (fwd)
> Hi CW,
>         I am working on a gap that has up to 60 gaps at 0.004 inch (900 watt neon
> coil) but haven't gotten it together yet.  10000 watts is a lot of power.
> However, with air cooling and proper quenching I think it will work but I
> really don't know for sure.  In my case with 60 pipe sections, there is a
> huge area for cooling.  Proper quenching is extremely important!  It keeps
> the power dissipation in the gap much lower.
>         I simply epoxy pipe sections to a board with spacers (like thick paper) in
> between the sections.  This is fast and cheap.  When we find the "perfect"
> system, we can worry about aesthetics more.
>         If anyone has any other information on a very large number of very small
> gaps we would love to know about it.
>         Terry Fritz

Tesla notes in the TC Martin 1894 compendium that he has used so many gaps of such
fine spacing that the arcs were virtually invisible to the eye between them.  My 10
gap system used on the 20 watt coil is virtually noiseless.

Richard Hull, TCBOR