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From: "Marc H.Popek"
Subject: Re: Combustion-triggered spark gap?
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Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 01:45:15 GMT
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Organization: AT&T Worldnet
You can also trigger a spark gap (s) with a ... spark!
The UV from a spark will trigger a spark gap (and a series of spark gaps)
synchronous with a triggering spark.
This technique is used in Marx Bank HV units.
"Mike Poulton" wrote in message
> As I was thinking about electromagnetic can crushers, coin shrinkers,
> and other cool devices based on monstrous capacitors, my mind turned to
> the switch needed to discharge such a contraption. The websites I have
> seen speak of either big metal bars (which weld themselves in place) or
> triggered spark gaps. The triggered spark gap is probably the better of
> the two switching methods. As I was considering how to trigger a gap
> which must reliably hold off 25kV, I thought of using a flame. Picture
> a vented combustion chamber with two metal balls in it, spaced an inch
> or so apart. The balls are the spark gap electrodes. Fill the chamber
> with a flammable mixture of propane and air, and ignite with a spark
> plug. The ionized gas would conduct and cause the gap to break down and
> discharge the device. Has anyone ever heard of this being done?
> Mike Poulton
> MTP Technologies
> Not only do I speak for my company, I AM my company!
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