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Re: Tesla history project
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- Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 17:58:08 -0600
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Original poster: "Harold Weiss" <hweiss@xxxxxxxxxx>
Hi Ed, All,
This might be something for those with INCA to try modeling. That might
give us the story of how the bumps worked. With all the extra surface
area, it might boost the capacitance for a given shape. (my
guess) Thinking about the leaves of an electroscope, it might drive the
charge to the inside surface, thus raising the breakdown voltage.
David E Weiss
Original poster: Ed Phillips <evp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
In his patents, he shows a Wardencliff type tower with a large toroid
instead of a mushroom.
David E Weiss"
I suspect that general shape is a more efficient use of material than a
toroid, but the reason for the "bumps" has never been clear to me since
they must result in some increase in local field and hence lowering of
breakdown voltage. Has anyone ever seen an explanation? They look
sorta cool but............