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Offline jpb133

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I'm working on a mmc bank for my dual mot tesla coil, is it absolutely necessary to add bleeder resistors if I can easily discharge the capacitor? The terminals are close enough together that I can easily put a metal rod across them with the help of a well insulated pole. And wouldn't they discharge across the secondary coil of the transformer anyway? Can I simply short out the ends of the capacitor bank or must I discharge each capacitor individually? Thanks in advance for any information.

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I'm working on a mmc bank for my dual mot tesla coil, is it absolutely necessary to add bleeder resistors if I can easily discharge the capacitor? The terminals are close enough together that I can easily put a metal rod across them with the help of a well insulated pole. And wouldn't they discharge across the secondary coil of the transformer anyway? Can I simply short out the ends of the capacitor bank or must I discharge each capacitor individually? Thanks in advance for any information.

I made a dual mot tesla coil, and I discharged my capacitors with a rod across the safety spark gap.  However, if you forget to do this, and don't have bleeder resistors, the charge could easily kill someone.  Also, discharging the capacitors this way is hard on the capacitors, and occasionally even high quality Cornell-Dubilier capacitors have been known to explode if accidentally shorted.  I included twelve 33 megaohm resistors in series across each metal-oxide varistor as a bleeder.   I also had to include about 1000 pF of capacitance @ 20 kV for RF protection as well.

I have to say having built both a rotary spark gap MOT tesla coil and a DRSSTC, the DRSSTC is much more fun, and in some ways, easier to build.  Getting the rotary spark gap to work reliably was very hard.  The spark gap wheel is very hard to balance.  But I am happy to share details of how I put it together.  The schematic of my dual MOT tesla coil is attached.

Dan

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