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placing a tesla coil inside a farady cage
Posted by Roy Stone on 1/28/2015, 8:06 am
Hi, I am a Children's Pastor in Nashville TN, I have been doing a science themed VBS / Summer camp for some time now and I want to add a Tesla Coils to the mix of demos that I do. I have the coil just about built. My big question is safety? Would making a Faraday cage that would surround my Tesla Coil (say a 3 foot radius around the coil) keep it from arking out side of the cage?
Most of the places I do my program I have 10 - 20 feet between me and my audiences, one or two of the venues up to 30 feet. I'm thinking that they would probably be safe at those distances as the coils isn't huge.
The Primary coil is sixteen inches diameter with a secondary coil is 1.9" diameter and 20" tall. It has a 10" stainless sphere for a top load. I have not yet purchased my transformer put plan to use a 9000v 30ma NLT. I also have a terry filter as to not blow out my transformer.
Will a grounded cage around the coil work for my needs?
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