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Re: power v energy measurements, was Re: SSTC does 10 foot sparks

Original poster: Mddeming-at-aol-dot-com 

In a message dated 6/25/04 1:58:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
tesla-at-pupman-dot-com writes:
 >Before we can go any further this type of test should be
 >understood and approved by the majority of coilers.

How's this for "standards"?
1) We DEFINE "The Prime circuit breaker" to be a particular size, make and 
model. It is given into the care of an eminently reputable coiler (like Terry).
2) All "standard" circuit breakers are calibrated against this one, 
numbered and issued. These are to be recalibrated on an annual schedule.
3) Using a standard breaker as the sole supply, each coiler measures the 
longest sparks that can be generated by his/her coil without tripping the 
4) This way the coils become "black boxes" with the only parameters being 
line voltage and current in, and spark length out.
5) There would need to be a set of different "primes" for different classes 
of coils (lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight), or (Formula I, Formula 
II. etc.) so that coils would compete only in their own "power class" as in 
many other sports.
6) The person producing the longest witnessed spark (2 or more non-related, 
unpaid witnesses) under these test conditions, is DEFINED by ACCLIMATION to 
have the most efficient coil. etc.
This could, of course, devolve into "sanctioned events" in which case it 
would be more of a sport than science, but I suspect that for many (not 
all) coilers, bragging rights is the only thing of interest, and for them, 
it's already devolved into a sport.

Matt D.

"A compromise is an arrangement which solves everything except the original 
problem." James Fletcher, Case Tech, 1962