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Re: What now? I'm new

Original poster: "D.C. Cox" <resonance@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

Cornell-Dublier MMC style caps are the best way to go --- the glass dielectric eats up approx 20% (or more) of your input power in heating losses and generates excessive ozone that can be carcinogenic in large quantities --- and glass caps make large quantities of it.

JAVATC from Bart Anderson is an amazing and totally FREE design program for Tesla coils. It works to within approx 1% accuracy and will allow you to enter many "what-if" scenario values for your coil. Set coeff. of coupling, k, to approx 0.16 to 0.18 for a great performing coil. JAVATC will allow you to enter all of your present coil parameters and give you the correct answers.

I will also offer you a completely free design for a great coil producing 42 inch (107 cm) sparks if you can rustle up a 12 kV, 60 mA nst. Contact me off-list and I can email you the design and photographs.

Dr. Resonance

I'm new to this list and new to Tesla Coils in general. So I think I should introduce myself first (I don't know if it's common on this list to do so.) I'm Ruben and 17 years old, I'm from the Netherlands. I'm currently doing my sixth and final year of secondary school. In this year I have to work on a project (for the Dutch on this list: it is my 'profielwerkstuk'). This project has to be good before I can start my exams. I was free to pick any subject I liked, after some brainstorming I thought Tesla Coils would be a interesting subject, and probably a cool new hobby too :-)