Re: Polyethylene Capacitors
Tesla List wrote:
> I've just spent my
> > lunch hour calling around to the local Indiana plastics suppliers.
> > Bloomington, Indianapolis, Cincinatti and even someplace near St. Louis.
> > The prices were very high. A single sheet of 48"x96" LDPE 30 mil
> > averaged around $18 a sheet! The 60 mil averaged $34 a sheet. A
> > sheet of HDPE 48"x96" 60 mil was $43.96.
> > Please would somebody answer my question regarding 6 mil
> > thickness LDPE stacked for 90 mil thickness. Will this work and
> > are there any pitfalls?
> > Any comments are more than welcome.
> > Big Red, HV Capacitors. Burn Baby Burn.
> > ITS Member
> > D. Gowin
> Stack away! you could easily use 180 sheets of .5 mil poly and have the
> required 90 mils! It just doesn't matter. The cutting and aligning
> hassles are bad enough with just two sheets. If you want to lay out time
> and the extra effort, there is no reason why it wouldn't work.
> Plexiglass is rather lossey stuff.
> Richard Hull, TCBOR
I note a lot of talk about air bubbles in multiple sheets. It's not as
bad as a single bubble in a two sheet job! With lots of bubbles in lots
of sheets, the voltage gradiant would distribute itself evenly and the
air might not even corona!!!! (lotsa sheets needed). I also note, as did
someone else (sorry, memory overflow), that the swelling of the capacitor
due to all the sheets and included air and poor adhesion would reduce the
capacitance over the calculated value, SIGNIFICANTLY!!!
Again the best way is the pro way. 1 mil or thinner dielectric with end
foil construction in two sheet capacitors with several in series. Allot
of you may not realize this, but in those 40KVAC CP caps, you probably
don't have ten mils of poly separating the two high voltge end plates in
the caps! A superb amateur construction would be 5 - 10mil rolled caps
in series of .1ufd each! (Use a 20 megohm resistor across each pack in
Richard Hull, TCBOR