[TCML] DIY Tank Capacitor - Plate configuration confusion
Weinhold Shannon L
Shannon.L.Weinhold at doc.state.or.us
Wed Sep 24 18:37:50 MDT 2008
Love the fan shroud toroid. Very creative.
Toroids are a rare bird to find in nature.
Does it break out at a pretty low voltage, or will it contain it well?
From: Brian Foley [mailto:ka1bbg at verizon.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 2:11 PM
To: Tesla Coil Mailing List
Subject: Re: [TCML] DIY Tank Capacitor - Plate configuration confusion
HI, Grant, first there are no idiots on this list.....some have much
knowlege of coils, some have extensive physics, electrical, engineering
backgrounds, math background who often give regularly of the
knowledge....write programs, and might even be a ham radio operator as i
am.....so skip the idiots...Jeff Behary who runs
has a huge stack of older information, and i bet he would be able to
you to some information, despite how busy he is..
for stacked capacitors.......cul brian f.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Grant Visser" <freeekyg at gmail.com>
To: <tesla at pupman.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 1:26 PM
Subject: [TCML] DIY Tank Capacitor - Plate configuration confusion
> Hi all,
> I have held off on asking this question for many many MANY hours
> 1. 98% convinced that my memory of the theory was correct so didn't
> want to embaress myself by seeming just plain stupid.
> 2. 100% convinced that a few seconds research on the net would not
> only confirm my theory but also give me a bunch more ideas to play
> Well, following many many MANY hours of searching the net and reading
> way too many articles/papers/tutorials/etc. on capacitors, my
> conviction regarding my theory has dropped to around 2%, which is low
> enough to be extremely depressing but not low enough to allow me to
> simply give up, so here I am ..... ready to embaress myself! LOL
> I have built a few smaller stacked plate caps in the past, have also
> blown a few so no problem there. Am certainly no guru in the field of
> amateur electronics but am also no .... idiot .... or at least I
> didn't think I was until today!
> Capacitors can be wired in parallel to increase capacitance or in
> series to decrease capacitance and to spread the voltage load (as in
> an MMC array).
> When constructing a stacked plate capacitor the cells are hooked up in
> parallel thus this type of DIY cap is often referred to as a "Parallel
> Plate Capacitor" and bunches of these can be strung together in series
> to build up a tank capacitor suitable for the intended use.
> Don't 'think' I have made any mistakes yet so so far so good!
> My theory, which I was convinced was ELEMENTARY, is the source of my
> confusion at this stage because I have been completely unable to find
> any reference to it in my hours and hours and HOURS of searching!
> ALL I wanted to do was to use a SERIES STACKED PLATE configuration in
> each of my capacitor modules to increase the Voltage Capacity of each
> individual module. I could then wire these modules externally in
> parallel or indeed in any configuration required for my application.
> I really didn't think that using a series stack configuration would
> pose any challenges but now I am not so sure!!!
> I have put together a diagram simplifying what I wanted to do for
> PLEASE, I would be most grateful if you would take a moment and let me
> know if (D4) and (D5) are workable as I thought or if I am indeed ...
> an IDIOT! *grin*
> If my concept of the Series Stacked Plate Capacitor doesn't work or
> has "issues", PLEASE could you explain why or maybe point me to some
> reference material so that I can figure this one out!
> Very best regards
> Tesla mailing list
> Tesla at www.pupman.com
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