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Re: PIRANHA - New Top Load Configuration
Original poster: "Gerry Reynolds" <gerryreynolds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Terry, with all this neat stuff you are making, we ought to have a
Teslathon in northern Colorado :o))). Just about the time of first snow.
Maybe one could arrange the spheres in with hexagon placement and
emulate a toroid. Assuming the spheres are reasonably price, this
may be a cheaper alternative for large toroids.
Original poster: Vardan <vardan01@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I have decided to try a new topload configuration for my new PIRANHA
coil. It will use four 8 inch diameter "gazing balls" like this:
3/8 Brass tubing will interconnect the balls and provide
support. The main tubes on the "X" will be 3/8 inch and the balls
will have 3/8 inch ID tubing inserted into them. Thus, the balls
will ba able to slide in and out in a telescoping fashion. The far
end of the tube inside the ball will be epoxied in place. It is
fairly critical to get the tube aligned properly. One could tune
the coil by sliding the balls in and out.
The electrostatic fields look like this:
The 4 inch radius spheres should arc out at 3MV/m or 305kV which is
fine. So It should do about as well as a 24 (or more) x 8
toroid!! The cost is about $100 for the balls and $10 for the
brass. You just enlarge the probably existing hole in the balls to
13/32 inch for the tubes and pour a bit of epoxy inside the balls at
the opposite end to hold the sliding tubes. The center of the "X"
will also be a large brass ball.
The whole coil will look something like this:
I will probably use four little gothic pewter figures like these for
the four strike points down on the base rather than the brass balls
(I'll use them for feet.):
They can be drilled and taped for 1/4-20 and used as top cover hold
down bolts too. The primary coil will probably be hidden under the top cover.
Should be cool!!