The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy
Poulsen Arc Experiments: Turpentine Arc Gap / Spark Gap
4. Jan 2009 (2009?! Already?!)
Explosive nature of this spark gap / arc gap!
This time instead of alcohol I used "Rectified Spirits" - Turpentine. It doesn't evaporate quickly, smells curious, and has good results!
Rugged but simple. Cherry base, bakelite posts, graphite blocks, 5/8" diameter copper and carbon electrodes; electromagnets.
Low power arc...
Appearance of copper electrode after operation...
I cored (bored) the Carbon electrode and inserted a brass tube with a standard wick used for alcohol flames. Dipping the whole electrode
in Turpentine absorbs the spirits into the wick and will provide an explosive hydrogen-based environment for the arcs or sparks.
The first tests with with a high current low voltage Tesla Coil - 1500V at around 250mA. .6 mfd cap.
Initial tests were done with AC instead of DC...(need to make a rectifier).
Turning up the power - 1500V at 1000mA! Output of Tesla Coil is hot ribbon.
Click here for a movie!
Appearance of Tesla Coil sparks on medium power.
Appearance of Tesla Coil sparks on low power.
Fun fun fun!