whimhurst generators

hi guys i havent been on that much lately, i know. anyhow, i need some help. im planning to build a whimhurst generator for my school science fair. i need some help though. i have yet to find a good guide explaining the brushes and charge equalisers, and where to put them. any help appreciated. thanks t-k

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Kiteman9 years ago
You occasionally get them for sale on ebay, the photos there are pretty clear. Just watch for variable spellings when you search - whimshurst, wimshurst, wimhurst etc.
tech-king (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
i found some good pictures explaining the charge equalisers and the pickups. do you think i should make an ible?
Dude.... Remember, Kiteman's Law...

*goes crazy*

tech-king (author)  KentsOkay9 years ago
no, i meant more: ible or slideshow?
*returns to sanity* Ehm.. both?
I'd go for an ible with a video of it running and sparking. Get it done in the next six months, though - I have it quite high on my "to do" list. I even have a couple of discs cut.
tech-king (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
i have about 2 months till my science fair. im gonna start working on it next week.
Cool, I'll look forward to it - I was going to write my own ible, but I might just follow yours instead.
westfw9 years ago
you know, I don't think I've ever seen clear plans for a whimshurst generator.
There's lots of info, including a yahoo group, on Van de Graffs, and there's the Caveman's Radial Dirod (I bought a kit!), and A.D. Moore's classic is back in print...

I really want to make something like the radial dirod, scaled down to use clear CDs as the disk and fit in a cakebox (a whimshurst on that scale would be cool too!), but an instructable on putting together one of Moore's dirods would be pretty useful; his instructions are a bit skimpy (I never did get the one I made in 9th grade to work...)