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RE: Tabs Program
Original poster: "Tabraze Malik by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <tab-at-malik13.freeserve.co.uk>
My program is avialable for download at www.malik13.freeserve.co.uk there
is a column on the left side of the screen with a link to the download page.
There seems to be problems with downloading the seperate user guides zip
file. I will look into this, the program.zip file is ok to download.
From: Tesla list [mailto:tesla-at-pupman-dot-com]
Sent: 18 July 2001 15:02
Subject: Re: Tabs Program
Original poster: "Barton B. Anderson by way of Terry Fritz
It sounds real good, but is it available for download somewhere?
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Tabraze Malik by way of Terry Fritz
> The program I was telling you about is called Tesla Coil
Designer. It was
> written in Visual Basic 6 and has a spreadsheet style interface which uses
> the component names as headings (Which can be expanded or collapsed). It
> a wizard where all the initial information is entered into the system. The
> wizard keeps track of existing components and stores them in a seperate
> structure, this allows the user to reuse components that have already been
> entered into the system. So to make a new coil out of spare parts from
> coils you simply specify which of the existing components to link together
> to make the new coil. The program also has a database of suppliers of MMC
> caps. It uses this database to build a huge array of MMC configurations
> it selects the best MMC configuration. The program basis its chioce on
> factors concerned with budget, accuracy of capacitance to resonant matched
> capacitanc, and size. The user can specify which factor to place more
> emphasis on (Cost, Accuracy etc). So far there is only one supplier in the
> database (RS Components). There are many programs that simply output the
> parameters of a tesla coil based on some input values. The parameters
> match the real life TC, this program attempts to change its design of a TC
> to try to reflect the real life TC better. There is also a database of
> magnet wire for the secondary coil. The program uses your initial
> to select the nearest wire size then changes some parameters to account
> the difference in wire size. The user gets to specify which parameter to
> change, (This is one part of the program that does not behave as
> The program uses information provided to it to calculate the resonant
> frequency of the primary circuit. It substitutes this (together with the
> secondary inductance) into the resonant formula to back calculate the
> capacitance required from the secondary circuit. The CSelf of the
> is subtracted from this to find the capacitance needed from the topload to
> bring the 2ndary circuit to the correct resonant frequency. The program
> back calculates the dimensions required from the topload to achieve this
> capacitance. This is where the logic in the design process begins to wear
> out. I think the formula i use to calculate CTop assumes CTop will always
> 100% of its calculated value. (This way the primary tap point will be on
> lastt turn you specify).
> The program generates some notets to go along with the TC which lists
> miscalaneous information like winding length, wieght, supplier names,
> component stock codes etc.
> The program will let you import/export your TC's (from/to other people who
> have this program) over the internet.
> There is a backup facility which copies all the files and generates a back
> up log which lists file sizes, number of records, date last modified etc.
> This should be enough to interest you and i welcome any contructive
> criticism/praise :)
> PS - The TCD testers are welcome to add their pennies worth.