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Re: what happens if i use a marx cap arrangement on a TC?
Original poster: "Jason Petrou by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <jasonp-at-btinternet-dot-com>
I have to agree with duck. I went to that museum in Germany (the name
escapes me) where they have that huge marx generator. The idea of using
something like that without prior experience makes me frightened and also
makes me feel the ned to change my pants! If you get it working though post
Have fun but be careful!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2001 3:57 AM
Subject: Re: what happens if i use a marx cap arrangement on a TC?
> Original poster: "Christopher Boden by way of Terry Fritz
> >Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> >like i said, what happens if i use a marx cap arrangement on a TC instead
> >using "the usual" arrangment?
> Short answer:
> Nothing happens, you get frustrated, increace the power, it burns, you
> Long answer and safety rant:
> The Groucho Project that the Group is building is a small Marx bank (get
> it?). You have to understand the basics of how they operate.
> A Marx bank is a high voltage, pulsed DC device. A bank of High voltage,
> pulse duty caps are charged while hard wired in paralell. When the voltage
> reaches a set level (controlled by the spacing of several spark gaps, with
> the bottom one often a triggered gap) the caps discharge in series. If you
> have a bank of 10 caps in a Marx array and each cap is 100,000 volts, you
> only need a 100,000 volt DC power supply to charge them. But when they
> discharge, in series, you get 1,000,000 volts.
> Then you start over, this takes a LOT of time compared to the TC world
> chargeing takes 1/120th of a second.
> A Tesla Coil is an AC device (ok ok ok I know, but let it go for this one
> ok?) and if you use DC rated caps in AC service you'd better have a bigger
> supplier than I do (and I have corporate sponsorship for my caps).
> There is a possibility that you COULD use a Marx bank to power a
> coil, but it would be a LOT of work for a little effect. The Marx bank
> great arcs on it's own.
> I STRONGLY, FIRECELY, RECCOMEND you spend a month reading before you pick
> any HV gear. There is a website that has a TON of textbook type info on
> everything from the basics of electricity to Lux-Level theory and esoteric
> stuff that makes me feel REALLY dumb.
> I can't find the link guys, what the URL on that site? It's a GREAT site
> I reccomend it for ALL newbies, especially RQBauzon, from the questions
> seen you ask, there's gonna be a pool going on your life expectancy if you
> get a couple NST's, and I do NOT wanna see a new student get hurt, or
> killed. I'm the ultra-paranoid-safety-freak-of-science so that's how I see
> it. I put out 5 fire extinguishers for a Tesla Demo today, though we've
> NEVER had an unintentional fire. I'd rather have them there and not use
> them, then vice versa.
> Have fun, and don't get dead.
> Christopher A. Boden Geek#1
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