October 6, 2014
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Testing brings no joy.
It appears that I have a major error in the coil lay out design.
The outer ring of the disk seems to be a short in the field that limits the rim to 485vac instead of the 80,000 that I was aiming for. The design of the coils was for a 600 volt per turn field. 485 volts is about right for the coils fully loaded sag.
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Tesla remarked in his “Boulder Colorado Notes” that with air coils, any 3rd coil aligned with and within the influance of the primary field would react with the same per turn voltage as the primary.
Note that this drawing of Tesla’s transmitter, the top toroid is covered with dimples. In the Wycliffe design the dome was covered with “scales” that did not touch but were connected in a star pattern at the center of each panel to prevent current circulation.
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Guess I should have paid better attention.
My present layout has all the power coils in axial alignment with the disk. The skin of the disk acts as a short.
The naked main coil would light up florescent tubes 3 feet away. The unpainted Disk over the coil limited the tubes lighting up to about 6 inches. The metal paint seems to be preventing enough radiation to cause any light up of the tubes. To solve this problem all the coils will be removed and used remotely for testing while a new coil system is designed.
A poly phase coil driver set is contemplated. Most likely star configured and laid out axially between the frames 90 degrees from the disk axis. pg