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I'm looking to build a conductive balloon, don't ask why, you'll see later, this is what I need done: 1) A giant balloon (I'll use a giant trash bag so problem solved) 2) Someway to make all (or almost all) of the sureface area conductive 3) It has to be able to float. Any suggestion to make it float and conductive?

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westfw
westfw

12 years ago

The aluminized "mylar" balloons (which aren't really mylar) are conductive enough that they're a significant danger to high-tension power lines. I don't think there's anything as big as a trash bag, but they do come relatively large.

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w00ty32
w00ty32

12 years ago

1. Use hydrogen. it is lighter than helium, so use that if u can get it.

2. find out how much weight your ballon can hold

3. buy conductive paint, and guesstimate how much u need to use to cover it.

4. weigh the paint

5.is the paint lower than the lift of you balloon

6. if is is, ur good cover the ballon thinly in the paint, u might want to fill it first so the paint doesn't stresand crack. also, you might need to have small lines of no paint in a few places, for stress relief.

Here ya go! sorry, its kinda really long, and i don't know prices/ weight of the paint. It is just a theory, though.

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w00ty32
w00ty32

Reply 12 years ago

o, and if you use this method, please give me some credit. i know i thought it up on the spot, but don't steal it.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

don't worry, I always give credit for everything, but I'm ending up using aluminum foil, I'm weary of using hydrogen because KABOOOOOMMMMMM, but if worst comes to worst I'll use it.

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w00ty32
w00ty32

Reply 12 years ago

ya, i kinda realized that after i wrote it..... I've had many ppl steal ideas from me so.....

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. How about a large aluminized Mylar ballon? Like you get at gift/novelty shops.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

I don't think those are conductive, they're just shiny

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srikar06
srikar06

12 years ago

i would try using helium first. hydrogen is extremely reactive to heat and your balloon will probably go boom. If you do decide to use hydrogen be very cautious with it and try to keep room temperature as low as possible if you are using it inside.

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w00ty32
w00ty32

Reply 12 years ago

ya, u might be right. i dont exactly know y i didn't think of that

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

12 years ago

anybody? For conductivness I might just use aluminum foil. Does anybody know of a chemical reaction that everybody has access to that creates a gas lighter than air?

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w00ty32
w00ty32

Reply 12 years ago

look up how to make hydrogen from water. it's prtty simple, but i forgot how to do it. also, it might not have the amounts u need. or, u can easily just buy a smal tank of helium.

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w00ty32
w00ty32

Reply 12 years ago

i not quite sure if aluminum is even very conductive.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

The best electrical conductors in order: silver, copper, gold, aluminum, calcium, beryllium, tungsten

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John Smith
John Smith

12 years ago

I'd use a dry-cleaner bag, conductive spray paint, helium like from a tank like the one in the picture.

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