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Static Spark Gap Design Questions
Original poster: "Atirlein Atirlien" <atirlien@xxxxxxxxxxx>
I?m in the process of designing and building a
static spark gap to be used with some table top
Tesla coil experiments that I plan to do. I?ll
be playing with various voltages and physical configurations.
The power source is a 12K 30 Ma NST controlled
via a variac and protected with a Terry
filter. I?ll be using a LTR mmc capacitor in the range of .015 MFD.
The gap proper will be made up of 10 ¼ inch
tungsten electrodes each mounted in a fined heat
sink and utilized to make 5 adjustable static
gaps which can then be connected in series or parallel configurations.
I?m thinking that I might like to develop gap
spacing for say 12 K, and then vary the number of
gaps used for 3K, 6K, and 9K, but that?s one of many experiments planned.
I have a couple of questions for the list.
In my beginning design what would be a good maximum spacing for:
1. The actual end to end of the tungsten rods?
2. The side to side spacing between the heat sinks?
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