Re: Cap question(s)
With the power levels of a pole xmfr the glass mike caps won't last very
long. They will overheat and breakdown in short order. The frequency is
much too high for this cap which is essentially a DC only filter cap. Get
the Maxwell pulse caps if you're going to run with a pole pig.
Many years ago I used a pair of the "blue beasts" and they all died within
one week with a NST as power source.
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Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 9:59 PM
Subject: Cap question(s)
>Original Poster: Gavin Hubbard <ghub005-at-xtra.co.nz>
>I am building an 8" coil with a 11kV, 5kVA pole transformer. I have
>finished most of the work but haven't sorted out the primary capacitor for
>I have 20 new 0.1uF, 5kV glassmike caps which I planned to use for this
>project, but I have been offered (for money) a good pair of used 0.06uF,
>40kVDC Maxwell pulse caps. What, if any, difference in performance should I
>expect between similarly configured caps in an otherwise identical system?
>Of course the glassmikes will be slightly lossy and probably get warm
>during a run, and the Maxwells would have a lower ESL and ESR, but will
>this alter the real world performance of the coil?
>P.S. When designing a reso cap system, many people simply calculate the
>impedance of the NST from output V and I, then assume its reactive and
>build a matched cap. I've always wondered what the actual impedance of the
>NST is...surely with hundreds of metres of wire in the secondary it must
>have a large resistive component?