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Re: [TCML] graphite

On Wednesday 11 June 2008 12:19:10 pm douglas smith wrote:
> i was wondering , i know for spark gaps tungsten seems to be the material
> of choice but is there a reason for not useing graphite?
> i suspect its not a good enough condutor but not sure
> could i get your opinions please
>    thanks

Graphite conducts electric current well enough, but does not conduct heat well 
at all. The points of contact with the spark become incandescent turning the 
spark into an arc. Graphite electrodes would not quench very well, in a Tesla 
coil quenching is important.

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