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*To*: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com*Subject*: VTTC - optimal primary coil*From*: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>*Date*: Sun, 13 May 2001 12:23:06 -0600*Resent-Date*: Sun, 13 May 2001 12:42:06 -0600*Resent-From*: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com*Resent-Message-ID*: <lRdLeD.A.i4H.7Vt_6-at-poodle>*Resent-Sender*: tesla-request-at-pupman-dot-com

Original poster: "Herwig Roscher by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <herwig.roscher-at-gmx.de> Hi all, I am running a VTTC, driven by a power tetrode. Plate voltage is 10 kV filtered DC. Secondary coil is wound onto a 4" form. In order to find the "best" tank circuit configuration, I wound several 8" primary coils: 70 µH, 116 µH, 127 µH, 640 µH and 1100µH After having tuned the system carefully in each configuration, I found the results of the first 3 coils to be lousy. With the 2 other coils I gained the same 17" discharges and I am assuming, that this is, what I could expect. To my surprise it was not possible, to find the "optimal" coil inductance. With the help of list members I came to the following conclusions: If the impedance of the tank circuit was not extremly low, its influence on the output power is low. The impedance, seen by the plate, mainly is the reflected impedance of the load. The impedance of the tank circuit itself becomes infinity at its natural frequency. Different tank capacitances (necessary to keep the system in tune) did not affect the performance either (bang size). Varying the coupling between primary and secondary coil from 0" to 2.3" (secondary above primary) had no visible influence neither on the length of the discharges nor on the volume of the plasma ball. Length of the 1100 µH coil is 4". While tetrodes have higher plate resistances than triodes when operated in A-mode, plate resistance is not an important factor when operated in C-mode. Here the tube is driven into plate current saturation and acting as a switch. Any comments/critics are very welcome. Herwig

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