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Marx Generator Trigger question Answered

Is it possible to release the pulse of a marx generator at my own will (after it charges of course)? I was thinking of its possible application in a coil gun, but the fact that the generator pulses automatically would be a problem. Is it possible to create a non-automatic triggering system like a circuit that would allow me to flick a switch and watch the sparks fly?



Best Answer 10 years ago

the discharge is triggered by the built up voltage across the spark gap, so all you have to do is put a switch in series with the spark gaps and just leave it charging until you flip the switch to allow discharge. does that make sense?

The 4th Doctor

9 years ago

for a coilgun you need a nice chunk of energy. the usual marx generator uses very small high voltage capacitors which simply dont supply sufficient energy for a coilgun. the capacitors in plasmanas marx generator only amount to .08 joules the average photoflash capacitor is 4-9 joules