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Is it possible to use a leyden jar as powersource of coilgun? Answered

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jj37 (author)2009-02-11

A leyden jar is used to store static electricity which is very high in volts but usually low in current. and while high voltage is good you usually want a good amount of current to go with it for coil guns. I still think in would be cool to try. Try hooking up a few small leyden jars together in parallel this should increase current, then again big is always better (sometimes).

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sorwin (author)jj372009-03-18

jj37 question is leyden jar electricity d.c. curent If so can it be put to good use?

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jj37 (author)sorwin2009-03-19

A Leyden jar is just static electricity but if you give static a low resistance coil it should flow at about 1000 volts that would give a large magnetic field not a more power full one but if you had a long coil gun a a huge Leyden jar it might work out. rule of thumb the more volts the bigger the field the more current the stronger the field.

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mikeydubs (author)jj372009-07-24

Wouldn't a high-voltage pulse through a coil have the same effect as a small EMP? Sorta like this: http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/27/howto-turn-a-disposa.html

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sorwin (author)jj372009-03-18

jj37 Or is leyden jar just static electricity or is it more like a capacitor charged and ready to discharge

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nidobrito (author)2009-02-17

yes, but the energy stored in a leyden jar is usually small.....

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nidobrito (author)nidobrito2009-02-17

and insufficient for a great coilgun

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rocketman221 (author)2009-02-14

it would not be practical but it probably could be done.

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Kiteman (author)2009-02-11

Potentially, yes, but you'd need a dirty great big one, far larger than any bank of normal capacitors.

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