# Re: [TCML] Frequencies

Excuse me. 4800 was a typo. Obviously 48000 is 6000 times 8 but 48000 divided by 60 seconds is still 800Hz.
```Paul
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----- Original Message ----- From: Paul Brodie
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Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 01:12
Subject: Re: [TCML] Frequencies

You are right, Jim. I apologize profusely for my mistake. Mea culpa, mea
culpa, mea maxima culpa!
With the V8 it fires 8 times per revolution, which is why the experiments
show the arcs continuing to increase up to about 1000Hz. 8 times 6000 rpm
equals 4,800 discharges per minute or 800Hz. So, my point still stands. You
do not drive ignition coils at anywhere near 10kHz or your output will
suffer dramatically.
Paul
Think Positive

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----- Original Message ----- From: jimlux
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Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 18:04
Subject: Re: [TCML] Frequencies

Paul Brodie wrote:
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A standard commercial automobile engine runs at 6,000 rpm tops. The ignition coils are deigned to be driven at this frequency. This works out to 100Hz or less, 6000 divided by 60 seconds.
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Only if you have a 2 cylinder engine(!).. a six will fire 3 times per
revolution (300Hz) an eight more.. Got that V12 Jag and you will be
firing at 600 Hz.

From much
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experimentation, I have found that the coils I have worked with, primarily the Accel Super Coil, will continue to produce higher voltage up to around 1kHz and then start to drop off. If you try to overdrive the ignirion coil, you will get less output, not more. Also, wouldn't it be better if you let everyone know what it is you are trying to accomplish with this? I believe you said you want to try to charge caps to first 25kV and then to 50kV in stages and use these to drive some sort of flash. Is this correct?
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This is the kind of circuit that is hard to do empirically.  You can
copy a known good circuit from someone else (e.g. the multitude of triac
dimmer, capacitor, ignition coil circuits) and it will work ok.  But if
you start to modify, or try to do other things, you need to understand
the theory to know where you're going.

ignition coils are not a great way to make a generic HV source.  They're
great if you want sparks or HV pulses (where the pulses are of a certain
shape and duration).  But as soon as you move away from what they do
best (e.g. firing a spark plug), you'll find you're adding circuit on
circuit to get where you need to go.

What, exactly, do you need, HV pulse wise?

Voltage, rep rate, load current, pulse width?
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