[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: Recent power arc experiments
Original poster: "Jim Lux by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <jimlux-at-earthlink-dot-net>
I find that small diameter vinyl (e.g. Tygon) tubing works best. You can
stretch it to fit around what ever you're going to use as end electrodes.
Screws leak, because the liquid travels along the helix of the threads.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2001 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: Recent power arc experiments
> Original poster: "boris petkovic by way of Terry Fritz
> --- Tesla list <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com> wrote:
> > Original poster: "Bert Hickman by way of Terry Fritz
> > <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <bert.hickman-at-aquila-dot-net>
> > Hi Boris,
> > Water resistors are made not bought... :^)
> > A water resistor is simply an insulated tube
> > containing an ionic
> > solution of water and a metal salt (usually copper
> > sulfate) capped with
> > electrodes on each end. It's sometimes called an
> > electrolytic or copper
> > sulfate resistor. These are often used in high
> > voltage and pulsed power
> > work because of their capability to absorb
> > considerable power at high
> > voltages without breakdown. It can be fabricated
> > using clear flexible
> > vinyl tubing with properly sized copper electrodes
> > sealing each end. The
> > electrolyte is simply distilled water and copper
> > sulfate - the more
> > dissolved CuSO4 or the larger the internal diameter
> > of the tubing, the
> > lower the resistance, and total resistance simply
> > scales linearly with
> > length.
> > When current flows through the resistor, copper is
> > simply electroplated
> > from the anode to the cathode with little, if any,
> > evolution of gas at
> > the electrodes. Because of the excellent thermal
> > capacity of water, it
> > can absorb huge amounts of pulsed power safely and
> > predictably. I was
> > originally going to water resistors as charging and
> > bleeder resistors on
> > the Quarter Shrinker before I found a batch of 20k
> > 225 watt power
> > resistors at the local recycling center (dump!).
> > Some difficulties with
> > using these: the resistance will slowly change over
> > time as ions leach
> > from the electrodes, and (in unheated labs) they may
> > tend to freeze
> > during the winter in northern climates.
> > Jim Lux has an excellent article proving specific
> > design information for
> > these at his site:
> > http://home.earthlink-dot-net/~jimlux/hv/rwater.htm
> > -- Bert --
> > --
> Personally,I have small diameter-d=5mm ,but long glass
> tube(dating since my early scientific and boy's
> chemicist days).
> Could this be good in combination with destilated
> watter and small amounts of NaCl powder?
> Thanks,for the link.I'll take a look at it.
> Do You Yahoo!?
> Get email at your own domain with Yahoo! Mail.