[TCML] Re: multi-section primary gap effects, was: TC Newbie
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FIFTYGUY at aol.com
Thu Dec 11 00:09:45 MST 2008
In a message dated 12/10/08 10:51:03 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
bartb at classictesla.com writes:
>With a 2 gap setup, both air space on each side of the center electrode
become conductive at
>the same time when the gap fires. It's not a leap frog affect across the
gap in the way that your >describing.
Is it really?
After all, we have no problem with streamers from the topload growing,
or starting from nearby objects, or even growing from the middle of the
distance outwards (or extinguishing the same way). The primary gap is also pulsed
high voltage RF - might it not also behave just as "strangely"?
I've got photos of the Jacob's ladder from my pole pig in which the arc
extinguishes in sections, little wisps of the previous arc are still floating
in the gap while the new arc is starting. Would it be too far-fetched to
believe that those little wisps are more conductive than the rest of the air in
the gap, and thus if they were to exist across a single section of a
multi-section gap, that section would glow either first or the brightest?
You also mentioned uneven heating of different gap sections - if one
section starts to conduct a little more frequently, and gets the tips of its
electrodes glowing from the heat, wouldn't we expect that section to conduct
I realize that current has to flow through the entire gap at the same
time, but there may be a subjective effect where the part of the gap that
responds with the lowest resistance or quickest breakdown might glow much more
brightly than other gap sections, thus giving the illusion that the current is
"leapfrogging" the gaps.
Center for the Advanced Study of Ballistic Improbabilities
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