Re: An Important Post.
From: Malcolm Watts[SMTP:MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz]
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 1997 1:05 AM
Subject: Re: An Important Post.
> From: Greg Leyh[SMTP:lod-at-pacbell-dot-net]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 1997 1:47 PM
> To: Tesla List
> Subject: Re: An Important Post.
> Malcolm Watts wrote:
> > This morning I have made a breakthrough that I count as
> > the most important piece of research I have ever undertaken. I have
> > produced a model of a TC resonator using lumped components in an
> > artificial transmission line and measured it. The paradoxes that have
> > puzzled so many for so long are now explained and verified in
> > experiment!
> > Apparatus: A seven stage line was built as follows:
> > 1.6mH 800uH 400uH 200uH 100uH 50uH 25uH
> > ----oooo--+--oooo--+--oooo--+--oooo--+--oooo--+--oooo--+--oooo--+---
> > In | | | | | | | Out
> > --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
> > --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
> > Gnd | | | | | | |
> > ----------+--------+--------+--------+--------+--------+--------+---
> > 10pF 22pF 50pF 100pF 220pF 470pF 1000pF
> > Results: Measured f = 65kHz +- 0.2kHz
> > Calculated f = 65kHz near as. Done by summing inductances and
> > capacitances and using standard 2PISQRT(LC)^-1
> > Most of the 90 degree phase shift along the line occurred in
> > the first stage as did the bulk of the voltage rise. This is
> > not surprising since half the total inductance appears in this stage.
> > Obviously the model needs to be made a lot more fine-grained to be
> > real close to the real thing but serves as a good indicator
> > nonetheless.
> Very interesting results! It's amazing that such a complex distributed
> circuit can be described so simply, but then again E=MC2 explains a great
> many things as well! I like how this model explains a coil's tolerance
> for shorted turns at the top, but do you think that most of the phase shift
> in a standard TC occurs that close to the bottom (due to coupling?)
I will do my best to check this. I am taking some days off work to do
some experimentation as from tomorrow. The test was that of a free
resonator with no link coupling.
BTW, in *NO WAY* do I claim this is the only model that works or
indeed that it is necessarily the best. However, the fact that it
exhibits distributed circuit behaviour while still allowing lumped
frequency calcs means something must be getting close.
> > Future experiments:
> > - use a more finely graded line to observe gradual phase shifts
> > - use capacitive E transfer to measure Vo pk
> > - measure Q and VSWR
> Do you plan to experiment with different tapers as well?
Yes. Over the next few days. I will post results. I will do all
possible measurements on this model first before altering the
> > It is clear to me that conservation of energy must be observed in
> > doing output voltage calculations in the resonator. IMHO, *estimates*
> > of some MegaVolts output for very modest primary energy melts away
> > entirely. IMHO, it follows from these results that Vo for a capacitive
> > discharge situation should follow the rule Vo = Vi.sqrt(Cp/Cs). Many
> > experiments in measuring single shot sparks have suggested this for a
> > long time now.
> Indeed! I was curious if you have measured the voltage at all the nodes
> along your new tapered line, to see how the _energy_ is distributed
> amongst all the capacitors.
No :( I will do so.
Thank you. A plea to all - let's try and understand this thing for
once and all. That is my sole motivation.