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RE: Experimental results? RE: Stop the nonsense
Original poster: "Malcolm Watts by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <m.j.watts-at-massey.ac.nz>
Arc brilliance corresponds to current, not voltage.
On 15 Feb 2002, at 22:07, Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "David Thomson by way of Terry Fritz
> Hi Steve,
> >I'm asking you for details. Saying you waved your 500V digital meter (full
> of diodes and other nonlinear devices) around near a few hundred thousand
> volts and consider the results meaningful means nothing. Another brand of
> DMM or an analog meter
> may give entirely different results as it is very likely you are seeing
> unpredictable effects due to leakage and reverse breakdown under
> tremendously high voltage and high frequency.
> I appreciate your consideration. Just as you're not saying I'm not wrong,
> I'm not saying I'm right. I'm merely describing my coil with the means I
> currently have available. I wish I had the 40KV Volstik I sold a couple
> years ago, but I'm not sure that was enough voltage in a meter anyway.
> I know that the minimum dielectric rating for the separation between my
> primary and secondary is 225,000 V. I calculated this by using the
> dielectric strength of the Plexiglas which is 900 V per mil and multiplying
> it by 250. The Plexiglas still has the original plastic paper on both
> sides, which adds just a little more to the dielectric strength. Then there
> is the 1/4 inch of hot glue. The hot glue has some bubbles in it, but there
> is a lot of glue compared to bubbles. I know from past readings that hot
> glue has a high dielectric strength. I can't remember what it is, so I
> figure I can safely guess 1/4 of the Plexiglas rating and this gives me
> roughly 300,000 volts dielectric. The coil has no trouble squeezing
> electrons through all of this. So I know the terminal has got to be putting
> out the pressure.
> Maybe I'm remembering wrong, but I recall bright white arcs are associated
> with high voltage. Even without the high capacitance top load, I get
> numerous bright white arcs between my acrylic coated aluminum plate
> capacitors when one plate is connected to the terminal and the other plate
> is connected to the outer lead. I think you will agree that without an
> instrument that will give me an exact voltage reading, that I can safely
> assume I have very high voltage in my coil? And this is scientific enough
> for the purpose of conveying to others the statement that my coil puts out
> very high voltage.
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