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I am using 1/2" copper pipe 18" long, it was producing about 100 strong arcs then it began to occasionally "hang up" at specific imperfections on the pipes, so I put the pipes in a lath to polish them. Now the arc seems to have lost direction and is out of control. I am using the arc's radiation to treat solar panels to increase wattage output by >17%, it is important to not burn the panels. I think the ozone gas is too turbulent or my arc's emission point is too broad, I will try a more narrow 18" long slit aperture.
I find that 1/2" copper pipes deliver a stronger arc, and I have never gotten wires as straight as pipes. I have not tried 3/8" pipes.
I have used 3 electrodes to produce 2 alternating arcs for about 5 minutes, I don't know why they quit, the 12,000 volt, 30 milliamp FRANCE transformer did not heat up on 3-foot welding rod electrodes. I have to treat solar panels 8' wide, so I need many arcs running side by side.
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I can enhance my solar panels by having the arc from my 12,000-volt Jacob's Ladder float up past its face, but now I need to treat the installed panels in lying the horizontal plane. I want to try capturing the arc in a neon or florescent tube. What is likely to happen if I wire 12,000 volts to my neon or florescent tube?
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