Fusion Success with Precipitator Power Supply

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Mark Rowley
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Re: Fusion Success with Precipitator Power Supply

Post by Mark Rowley » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:48 pm

Eight inches is the Carlsbad Caverns compared to a 2.75" system. If your goal is maximum fusion potential, then yes, you'd want something better...even me. 10mA at 50kV would be a bit much for one. But with that being said, even larger systems like Richard's and Carl's generated respectable neutrons well within the operating limits of these power supplies.

A quick search revealed these examples (being a smattering of many):

"50 kV / 4 mA. A BF3 detector nearby was happily chirping away at this point"
http://www.fusor.net/board/viewtopic.ph ... 184#p56180

"40kV at 5Ma"
http://www.fusor.net/board/viewtopic.ph ... 689#p16689

"50.7 Kv (at supply) 3.8 ma average (fairly stable)"
http://www.fusor.net/board/viewtopic.ph ... utron+club

"33,550V -- 5mA -- ~10 Microns -- 1000 CPM on 22" RS He3 tube 3' from Poissor"
http://www.fusor.net/board/viewtopic.ph ... utron+club

Regarding your arcing, I highly recommend you pot these supplies in oil before venturing past 20kV. I'm not sure why you pushed it to 48kV in open air.

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Re: Fusion Success with Precipitator Power Supply

Post by Bob Reite » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:53 am

Just don't like having to deal with oil. My existing supply with the 8 stage CW multiplier works fine up to 50KV in air, but it will only do 5 mA at that voltage. Now I know that people are going to ask why I just don't stick with that supply or improve the drive to it. Reason is I'm working on a new design that needs two independent supplies, and I wanted to see what those precipitator supplies could do.
The more reactive the materials, the more spectacular the failures.
The testing isn't over until the prototype is destroyed.

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