Strange Spark Phenomena
From: George W. Ensley [SMTP:erc-at-coastalnet-dot-com]
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 1998 1:06 AM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Re: Strange Spark Phenomena
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have seen this at certian power
levels. The sparks take on a certian jointed look. with some lengths or
sections being bright and others not so bright.
I had atributed this to the power being at a level that would ocasionally
push the gases into a higher level of ionization on one cycle and just
missing on the next.
just a wild guess though.
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Date: Friday, January 30, 1998 1:18 AM
Subject: Strange Spark Phenomena
>From: Thomas McGahee [SMTP:tom_mcgahee-at-sigmais-dot-com]
>Sent: Thursday, January 29, 1998 8:17 AM
>To: Tesla List
>Subject: Re: Strange Spark Phenomena
>> From: gweaver [SMTP:gweaver-at-earthlink-dot-net]
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 1998 11:09 AM
>> To: Tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>> Subject: Strange Spark Phenomena
>> I fired up my tiny 1.5" TC today. I changed the sphere from 2" to 4".
>> Changed the cap from .0014 uf to .005 uf. Changed the spark gap from 4
>> .025 each to 3 gaps .025 each. Moved primary tap from turn 5 to turn 3.
>> Spark output increased from 3" to 6". The power supply is a furnace
>> ignition transformer 6K 20 ma. 120 watts.
>> The output spark is strange. I have seen this phenomena before but
>> thought much about it until now. The first 2" of the output spark is
>> thin, the next 2" are very hot, thick and blue, the last 2" are very thin
>> like the first 2". How can a spark that is all one continuous spark be
>> made up of 3 sections? How can the center 2" of the spark be hotter and
>> thicker than the ends of the same spark?
>> Gary Weaver
>Take a length of nichrome wire, attach it to two clip leads and turn up
>the voltage. The center will be glowing red hot while the ends are dull.
>Simple heat-sinking effects.
>Your sphere is a heatsink. The place where the arc strikes is a heatsink.
>I am assuming that you are drawing the arc to a grounded wire.
>Besides the heat-sinking effect, there is also the increased heating
>effect that comes from being surrounded by other hot objects. The
>objects in the center will be much hotter than the objects around
>I'm not saying these are necessarily the reasons for your strange
>arcs. I do not know all of the conditions under which these arcs are
>occuring. But I do know that at low powers you can see things that
>are greatly masked at high powers. And vice versa.
>Do the arcs exhibit the same peculiarities both when striking to a
>ground and when just brushing out into the air? If they exhibit them
>ONLY when arcing to a ground, then the above effects are probably
>at work. If not, then something else is probably at work here.
>Hope this helps.
>Fr. Tom McGahee