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RE: FEA analysis of 12" rotary spark gap disk, any tapering on the electrodes?

Original poster: "Jim Mora" <jmora@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Hi Kevin, et al,

Nice analysis! I hope you don't mind I sent a copy to my machinist. I'm
wondering if any taper is put on the ends of the electrodes (.5") or are
they just pressed in (.0005") with a square edge?

Jim Mora

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Subject: FEA analysis of 12" rotary spark gap disk

Original poster: "MakingLightning" <MakingLightning@xxxxxxxxxxx>

I am designing a 12" rotary spark gap.
I really wanted some hard numbers so I knew where I stood on the
safety margins. I also wondered how good a press fit electrode was
held in. I had it 3D modeled in SDRC IDEAS and then analyzed it with
their FEA package called Visualizer. It was calculated and the
numbers matched what the FEA came up with.
It was really nice to see how the press fit stress reacted with the
spinning disk.

Chip posted graphic representations of the results for me at:

The disk I will be using is:

12" diameter 1/2" thick G-10 fiberglass laminate.
8 - 1/2" diameter x 1.5" long pure tungsten electrodes Top speed 4000
rpm which equals 533 BPS, way more than I anticipate using.

G10 Fiberglass:


In my presentation that chip posted for me you will see that the top
shot is the disk with the hole in it, at rest.
The one next to it is spinning 4000rpm.

The next set starts with the 0.5" electrode press fit into a hole
0.0005" undersize hole, as Dr Resonance recommends. On the left is
the disc at rest and the right is spinning at speed.