[time-nuts] Transformer design.
brooke at pacific.net
Mon Jun 27 21:43:45 UTC 2011
Agreed. But there are those that consider them magic.
William H. Fite wrote:
> Without meaning to sound sassy, Brooke, let me assure you that there is
> nothing "just" about it. While in high school I built quite a large Tesla
> coil with a 16kv, 60ma neon transformer, a pressurized air-quenched spark
> gap, a huge variac, and a bank of 50 .15mfd (I think they were .15mfd--that
> was a long time ago--capacitors. The finished product, in addition to being
> dangerous as hell to the careless operator could be heard more than a block
> away and generated enough hash to bring TV and radio reception to a halt in
> the whole neighborhood.
> And that isn't even a big one...
> So, no, it isn't magic and yes, it is an RF transformer with the primary and
> secondary in resonance but, believe me, it is not "just" a transformer.
> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM, Brooke Clarke<brooke at pacific.net> wrote:
>> It turns out that a Tesla coil is not magical, it's just an RF transformer
>> where the primary and secondary are resonated. I took him some time to find
>> a mechanical structure (pipe mast insulated by wine bottles with a
>> capacitive top hat). The high school "Tesla Coils" really are just RF
>> transformers because they omit the resonance on the secondary.
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