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SORRY I BELIEVE IT NOW... WATER INSULATES!!!!!! Sorry Jim, see below post...
Original poster: "Jason Petrou by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <jasonp-at-btinternet-dot-com>
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From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 6:01 AM
Subject: Re: General Questions
> Original poster: "Bert Hickman by way of Terry Fritz
> Jason and all,
> Jim's right - believe it! The world's largest pulse generator (Sandia's
> awesome Z Accelerator) uses a swimming pool sized chamber full of
> water as the insulating medium for low impedance high voltage transmission
> lines that connect 36 Marx Generators, delivering 20 million amperes of
> current into a cylinder of tiny tungsten wires for fusion experiments.
> once most of the gigantic 290 terawatt pulse has come and gone, the water
> then breaks down, safely dissipating the small amount of energy that's
> over, covering the surface of the water with spidery lightning-like
> The water dielectric then "heals" for the next shot.
> Check out:
> And, if you've got a high speed internet connection, download the awesome
> 2.8 MB 150 DPI image... :^)
> Best regards,
> -- Bert --
> Bert Hickman
> Stoneridge Engineering
> Email: bert.hickman-at-aquila-dot-net
> Web Site: http://www.teslamania-dot-com
> Tesla list wrote:
> > Original poster: "Jim Lux by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>"
> > Au contraire... deionized pure water is a fine insulator, particularly
> > pulsed applications. Typical minimum resistivity in this sort of
> > application is 2 Megohm cm. The disposable DI cartridges do a nice
> > Getting the pure water for home use isn't all that hard (you can buy it
> > the supermarket).. keeping it clean is the challenge. The system will
> > to contaminate it, which is why the systems that use this approach
> > always use cartridge deionizers (or a big version of the same...)
> > Tesla list wrote:
> > >
> > > Original poster: "Jason Petrou by way of Terry Fritz
> > <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <jasonp-at-btinternet-dot-com>
> > >
> > > no water really isnt a very good insulator - por a jug over a mains
> > > and find out :)
> > >
> > > Jason> And air. And porcelain. And epoxy. And water. and SF6...
> > > > And vacuum.
> > > >
> > > > (yes: Water. As I've mentioned, near here (powering this
> > > > post in part) is a +/- 500kvdc (DC) converter. For cooling
> > > > AND insulation of the switch stacks:
> > > > Very Pure Water....)
> > > >
> > > > Now getting That Pure water for 'home' use is tricky. As is
> > > > SF6 and air and hard vacuum.
> > > >