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RE: Terry's DRSSTC - Controller Experiment

Original poster: "Steve Conner" <steve.conner@xxxxxxxxxxx>

>this is somewhat depressing to me.
>It is as if you have taken "the magic" out of Tesla Coils.

LOL! Yes I agree. Whenever I see something that I like, I get obsessed with
trying to understand how it works, and if I eventually do get to understand
it, it just isn't interesting any more. That is a funny feeling, it's almost
like you destroy what you want by trying to get it, and the harder you try,
the sooner it's gone. Like that Greek dude with the magic fruit tree.

Terry has been personally responsible for laying waste to huge swathes of
Tesla coiling such as the various transmission line myths we just argued at
length. Once we find a way to model streamer loading, that's Tesla coiling
completely ruined and it'll be time to move on and take the fun out of
another field!

Obviously this is a personal thing. If _I_ figure out how to model streamer
loading with ATP or whatever, it shouldn't make the hobby any less
fascinating to anyone else.

Note: ATP (Alternative Transients Program) also known as EMTP, is a circuit
simulator like PSpice but free. And you can define your own models
arbitrarily (you stick in your own code that gets executed at every
timestep) which IMO makes it a good choice for modelling a Tesla coil
connected to realistic DRSSTC controller and dynamic streamer growth models.


However I decided to go down the experimental route with my new digital
scope instead :P

Steve Conner