Re: Joules - Vrms or Vp (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 01:23:08 -0400
From: Richard Hull <rhull-at-richmond.infi-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: Joules - Vrms or Vp (fwd)

Tesla List wrote:

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> Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 18:30:28 -0500
> From: "Barton B. Anderson" <mopar-at-uswest-dot-net>
> To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: Joules - Vrms or Vp
> To List,
> Regarding the calculation for Joules..... J = 1/2 x C x
> V^2.
> Should V = Vp or should V = Vrms? Why? (if you know).
> All responses welcome,
> Bart

Capacitors are intrisically looked at as DC devices for the purpose of
using  this equation and the voltage V is the actual voltage across the
capacitor at the time of discharge. (instantaneous voltage at T fire.
If AC is used then it could be anything between  0volts and Vpeak
(depending on when the capacitor is fired, as by a spark gap.

With a true sync gap, which is adjusted dead on, and firiing only at the
peaks of the input sine, it would be Vpeak.  For 100% of all other gap
systems on AC .... it is a crap shoot with no way of computing the
energy in the system without a lot of careful instrumentation

Richard Hull