Re: TC Ground Currents (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 08:54:35 +1200
From: Malcolm Watts <MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: TC Ground Currents (fwd)

Hi Adam,

> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 22:26:46 -0500
> From: Adam Parker <park_e_r-at-hiwaay-dot-net>
> To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: TC Ground Currents
> This is probably a stupid question but can the ground currents on TC
> secondary exceed the maximum current output of the neons? 

By a *huge* margin.  Why?  You are storing up energy from the NST in 
a capacitor and discharging it in a short period of time. It ends up 
in a rapidly oscillating secondary.

> Also, why is a
> copper strap preffered over a heavy gauge copper ground wire?
> Adam

For a given thickness and outside area of the wire, the strap has a 
lower RF resistance if its mass/unit length is the same. It is two