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RE: Ballast inductor.
My inductive ballast measured at 70mH which allows about 20amps to the
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> Subject: Re: Ballast inductor.
> Original poster: "Jim Lux" <jimlux-at-jpl.nasa.gov>
> 1.72 mH = 0.65 ohms reactance = 380 amps at 240VAC short circuit!
> 0.33 mH = 0.12 ohms
> I'd try winding a few more turns.. Inductance goes as the square of
> number of turns.
> Don't forget that your 100 ft of #10 has a series RESISTANCE (not
> inductance or impedance) of about 0.1 ohms, also... (rule of thumb,
> #10 = 1
> ohm/1000 ft)
> Also, saturation might be a problem. That is, the current might be
> enough to saturate the core, which will make the inductance closer to
> "no core" value.
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> > Subject: Ballast inductor.
> > Date: Monday, October 02, 2000 5:08 PM
> > Original poster: "M Fabs" <the_machin_shin-at-hotmail-dot-com>
> > I just wound 100 feet of #10 romex THHN wire onto a 2" dia pvc
> > also poly'ed a bunch of welding rods together to fit inside. I am
> > use this as a variac substitute, a variable inductor. I measured the
> > inductance with the rods in the coil and with them out of the coil,
> > numbers I found are 1.72millihenries with the rods fully inserted,
> > 330microhenries with them not inside. (That last one might be off a
> > was paying more attention to the full insertion number.) 60Hz
> > standard wall outlet is my power source. I forgot the formula for
> > reactance. Anybody willing to crunch the numbers for me and tell me
> > current range this will allow me? Another option is to arrange a
> > to use like a true variac. Just looking for some idea as to how
> > will be, or what changes I ought to make. Thanks folks.
> > MPF
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