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Re: BrOdin coil - insane racing sparks at 2000A OCD
« Reply #120 on: May 02, 2021, 06:03:41 AM »
It could be just the rectifier.  It could instead be that one or more IGBTs fried, which then fried the rectifier.  Unfortunately, that would be my guess.  Fried IGBTs likely have a collector-to-emitter short that you can measure with a meter.  If no IGBTs show as shorted, then I'd run the bridge at low voltage (say 5-50V) and scope the outputs.
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Re: BrOdin coil - insane racing sparks at 2000A OCD
« Reply #121 on: May 02, 2021, 08:02:38 AM »
It could be just the rectifier.  It could instead be that one or more IGBTs fried, which then fried the rectifier.  Unfortunately, that would be my guess.  Fried IGBTs likely have a collector-to-emitter short that you can measure with a meter.  If no IGBTs show as shorted, then I'd run the bridge at low voltage (say 5-50V) and scope the outputs.

Just checked, no C->E shorts! Seems like I got lucky and it's just the rectifier!

The rectifier was only rated for 40A rms and I was pulling 180A+ even before upping the primary current, not only that, but after looking closely at it, the way I had it wired was not optimal, with all of the current going through a single diode pair instead of paralleling all 3 pairs like I should have! Kind of unreal that it didn't blow up before this! Just ordered the 100A version as a replacement.
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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #122 on: May 02, 2021, 01:05:01 PM »
An interesting coil you got there. The combination of massive racing sparks together with only tiny topload breakout seems to imply, that the top load voltage can't alone be the source of the racing sparks. A much more likely cause is the voltage induced by the primary coil. The idea is, that there are 2 components to the magnetic field near the secondary. One component is the field caused by the current in the secondary. That field is pretty much constant along the secondary and causes a nearly linear voltage drop from the top down to the bottom.
The other field component is generated by the primary coil. That is localised around the bottom of the coil and causes an additional voltage drop there. The amount of voltage induced depends on the primary current and the geometry of the primary coil and its distance to the secondary.

The field of the primary coil drops off quite rapidly in the direction upward. The primary coil can be seen as a collection of rings, each one carrying the same current. The field of a single ring extends up to roughly its diameter, more precisely: The voltage induced in the region from the bottom to one diameter up the secondary will be about 90% of the total voltage induced along the complete secondary.

So there are two ways to avoid the induced voltage drop, which will cause the racing arcs.

1. Move the secondary away from the primary, i.e. up. The penalty for this is lower coupling.
2. Move the primary coil outward, i.e. make it larger and particularly avoid too small inner rings. That will cause the primary field to extend further up and will distribute the voltage stress along the secondary. There is also a coupling penalty, but it is less than solution 1.

You don't seem to have a large diameter primary, which possibly aggravates the arcing problem. But this just a guess and certainly a lot of work to change.

@davekni: The model implied by the above can be tackled almost analytically by calculating center fields of current rings. These are pretty simple. An even simpler model is a split of the secondary in 2 parts, one strongly coupled and the other not at all. Similar to a magnifier setup. I believe JavaTC obtains all these results but does not export them.

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Re: BrOdin coil - insane racing sparks at 2000A OCD
« Reply #123 on: May 09, 2021, 11:53:35 AM »
It could be just the rectifier.  It could instead be that one or more IGBTs fried, which then fried the rectifier.  Unfortunately, that would be my guess.  Fried IGBTs likely have a collector-to-emitter short that you can measure with a meter.  If no IGBTs show as shorted, then I'd run the bridge at low voltage (say 5-50V) and scope the outputs.

Just checked, no C->E shorts! Seems like I got lucky and it's just the rectifier!

The rectifier was only rated for 40A rms and I was pulling 180A+ even before upping the primary current, not only that, but after looking closely at it, the way I had it wired was not optimal, with all of the current going through a single diode pair instead of paralleling all 3 pairs like I should have! Kind of unreal that it didn't blow up before this! Just ordered the 100A version as a replacement.

That would be lucky indeed if only rectifier blew up.

Your currents and duty cycles are well within the region where i started killing CM600s

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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #124 on: May 15, 2021, 06:47:43 AM »
Finally got my new rectifier (11 day shipping from 50 miles away, WTF USPS?) and we are back making huge, hot streamers!  It was only the rectifier that went boom.

I am not able to lift the coil onto the stand by myself, so had to run at ground level, limiting max spark length. Anyway here are some short vids. This is the same run shot from two different angles, one a gopro hero8 2.7k@60 and a note 8 at whatever max is.






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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #125 on: May 15, 2021, 01:11:38 PM »
Have you tried touching the sparks at low power? At these high ontimes and low BPS it should not hurt. I would try to decrease the power so that it makes only a few inch sparks and try it. Imagine how cool would it be to touch so big streamers. But I guess that this hot plasma would burn your skin quickly.

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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #126 on: May 15, 2021, 06:22:43 PM »
Have you tried touching the sparks at low power? At these high ontimes and low BPS it should not hurt. I would try to decrease the power so that it makes only a few inch sparks and try it. Imagine how cool would it be to touch so big streamers. But I guess that this hot plasma would burn your skin quickly.

I understand the skin effect and have touched the output from much smaller coils, even up to 4' sparks, but at much lower power levels, say 1-2kW. Those sparks leave pinhole burns in the skin and hurt a moderate amount. Holding something metal in your hand can eliminate the pinhole burns, but it still gives a strong shock feeling.

 The thought of touching the output of this monster is quite frankly terrifying, even at low on-time and BPS because of the energy in the bus caps/primary. One mistake there and it's pink mist and closed-casket.

At full power, the sparks are lighting the dry grass on fire and melting my frame bolts, I don't want to go anywhere near them, even with a 10' chicken stick. Getting hit by one of those suckers may not kill you, but I'm guessing it's a massive understatement to say it won't feel very good!



On another note, I just ordered materials to build a 14x52 toroid. Hopefully stacking that on the 10x36 will get the topload to where it needs to be for maximum spark length!
« Last Edit: May 15, 2021, 08:13:01 PM by fh89 »

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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #127 on: May 16, 2021, 02:13:58 AM »
Great that it was just fried rectifier diodes!  Nice performance again.  Looks like there was a little left-to-right breeze.  If you can get that sort of breeze when the coil is higher (and eventually with a larger toroid), that would be great for stretching arc length.
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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #128 on: May 19, 2021, 08:28:52 PM »
Have you tried touching the sparks at low power? At these high ontimes and low BPS it should not hurt. I would try to decrease the power so that it makes only a few inch sparks and try it. Imagine how cool would it be to touch so big streamers. But I guess that this hot plasma would burn your skin quickly.

Total capacitance of large tesla coil is so large that sparks do hurt like hell no matter what the duty cycle is.

I have touched tiny sparks from my BiggerDR, it was not pleasant.

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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #129 on: July 26, 2021, 01:23:42 AM »
I had some friends over last night for a party, so brought out the big coil for a show. I was planning on a quick demo and playing some music, but ran into an issue and had to cut the show short. Finally got a decent camera to record on:

shot on Canon EOS rebel T7

Same run shot on GoPro Hero 8:

The smoke at the end turned out to be just a coolant leak. One of the hose clamps on the primary lead coolant inlet become superheated through inductive heating and melted right through the tubing, causing coolant to spray everywhere.



This is a pretty simple fix, just cut off the melted tubing and replace clamp with zip ties.

The sparking was from an arc forming between the isolated components of the frame. The two pieces the arcing was between were at opposite ends of the ground so to speak from the isolation I did earlier in this thread. Apparently a direct hit from the coil is enough to overpower this gap even though an alternate ground path was provided by drilling/screws through each bracket and rail to punch through the anodization.

 
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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #130 on: July 26, 2021, 02:18:39 AM »
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The sparking was from an arc forming between the isolated components of the frame. The two pieces the arcing was between were at opposite ends of the ground so to speak from the isolation I did earlier in this thread. Apparently a direct hit from the coil is enough to overpower this gap even though an alternate ground path was provided by drilling/screws through each bracket and rail to punch through the anodization.
Interesting data.  An arc strike will have some high-frequency energy on first hit.  Apparently that high-frequency current generates sufficient voltage across the inductance of the path to ground to jump your insulation gap.  Either that or the secondary arc is hitting so close to the gap that the ionized air starts the arc.  Either way, once an arc starts, the inductive loop of structure members coupled to the primary will generate high current to sustain the arc and feed it high current until the end of a burst.
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Re: BrOdin coil - High power Big sparks!
« Reply #131 on: July 26, 2021, 10:13:23 PM »
As far as failures go, I think you could do a lot worse!

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