Subject: Re: Scary, high voltage power supplies. (7Kv, 50A, 50ns, 20Khz)
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 15:51:07 +0000 (UTC)
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bruce varley wrote:
> I too came out uscathed after tinkering with voltages up to many KV all
> through my teens, so I can see where you're coming from, Chuck. But after 30
> years in heavy industry, seeing with my own eyes more than one poor person
> get fried, I feel compelled to state my humble opinion that it takes more
> than just a bit of care and good luck to keep the risks at an acceptable
> level if you're working with any sort of electricity and particularly 'high
> voltage'. You only need to read some of the horrific incident reports posted
> by the various authorities to see how fickle and dangerous this business can
> be. Original poster, if you're going to press on, please take some time to
> find out how to do things safely. In case it provides you with a bit more
> incentive, be aware that the survivors from these sorts of accidents
> sometimes incur very nasty permanent damage of a nature that you might not
Oh, I know, and the output is possibly almost more dangerous than the
raw 7KV (as any body parts may not blow fuses on the output).
As I posted in the beginning, this would be done with interlocks on
everything, meters on all the caps, as well as neon flashers in case a meter
fails, and shorting relays that operate when the case is opened, in case
Currently looking at IGBT's that look almost fast enough.
Then again, I would need at least 30 of them in series/parallel, which
Substantially less sticker shock than hollow-state devices though.
I'd be aiming at using them at no more than half their working voltages, as
I hope the initial expense is outweighed by lowering the likelyhood of
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