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Subject: Re: Using Higher voltages
Date: Dec 23, 10:13 am
Poster: Jim Lux

On Dec 23, 10:13 am, Jim Lux wrote:

>The problem I see is that it's peak, not average, voltage that destroys things like feedthroughs and capacitors.

Peak voltage gets the flashover started, but it's energy that does the destruction. Limit the energy and you limit the damage.
>Ok, it looks like there is a trade-off btwn low ripple (high stored energy) and safety (low stored energy) and that the balance is a matter of experimental parameters and willingness (not to mention ability) to replace blown gear. Is that somewhat correct?

Hit the nail right on the head there... Bold = expensive.

In a fusor, though, I wouldn't think that ripple is all that big a deal.