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Re: the mechanical engineering problem

Original poster: "resonance" <resonance@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

Very interesting.  Thanks for the input Mike.

We might just consider silver plating the connecting pieces using Cool Amp powder --- like the power companies do for large current connections on their substation xmfrs.

Dr. Resonance

Hi DC,
I'd be happy to silver plate your primary, as I am well versed in that. I used to work in a research lab doing all kinds of electrochemisty, including once even fixing an induction furnace who's silver plating had tarnished away over the years and quit working. I put a better plating on the parts than the original manufacturer did. That's beside the point. I deleted the earlier emails on this thread but seem to remember you planned to run this monster at about 20kHz. Let me point out a lil something I thought about. From the information I have, The skin depth (based on copper, but probably close) at 10 kHz is 0.66 mm. So for fun, I did a lil caclulation based on an assumption that the skin depth for silver at 20kHz is about 0.5 mm. I know I should be more precise, but I'm lazy tonight. First of all your perimeter of the bus bar is (5 + 1/4 + 5 + 1/4) * 2.54 cm/ in. or 26.67 cm. Then, 1 ft length is 12 * 2.54 or 30.48 cm, giving you an area of 812.9 sq. cm. per foot of bus bar. Now multiply that by 0.5 mm (or 0.05cm), you get 40.645 cu. cm per foot if you wish to have ALL silver conducting. At a diameter of 26 ft, this leads you to need pi*26*40.645 cu. cm of silver. Multiply that by the density of 10.5g/cu. cm and divide by 31.1 grams/troy oz. This shows you will need over 1100 troy oz of silver just for that first turn. I think you might gain about 5% better conductance for your $$. This was just an estimate....but you see where I'm coming from....might be a lot cheaper to go to six inch bus bar. It also depends on how thick you want the silver plating to be. I honestly can't say at this moment if there's really anything to be gained by plating the bus bars.