[TCML] A Safe Tesla Coil - was: Tesladownunder update, briefcase
coil, lots of sparks etc
frosty90 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 19:14:12 MDT 2009
>> If true that means only one thing:big tesla coil arcs have potential to
>> I really believe that.
I agree entirely. All the bad info out there saying tesla coil outputs are
'safe' as the high freqencies cannot 'be felt', is terribly misleading. The
energy availible in a signal tesla 'strike' is probably quite considerable,
certainly enough to do damage, even if you can't feel it immediately (from
my experience you can always feel it anyway).
Terry, as you are a doctor you could probably answer this question; what is
the exact machanism by which electrocution causes death? Im aware there are
usually more than one reasons, but what are the most common? In terms of
disrupting the nerves in you heart/circulatory system, it would be
interesting to know if the higher rf freqeuncies can actually cause the same
effects as DC and lower audio frequencies. If not, maybe the output is
'safer' than its made out to be (bad wording, really should be 'not as much
of a risk'). Aside from these effects there would be the usual burning etc,
which seem to be worse at radio frequencies, but still for a small coil
probably not life threatening.
In any case I avoid touching the output of any but the smallest of coils,
Its just not a risk I would want to take.
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