The spark ladder is called a Jacobs Ladder. It can actually hold a constant
spark in one spot, rather than rising, if you bend the rods correctly. I
made one years ago from a neon light transformer.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Curry <email@example.com>
To: James Carpenter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Douglas Braun & Nadia Papakonstantinou <email@example.com>; Spitlist
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 1999 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: Plasma Ignition
> James Carpenter wrote:
> > >Can you explain what plasma ignition is? I assume it is some new
> > technology
> > >that has started appearing on new cars...
> > >
> > >Doug Braun
> > >'72 Spit
> > I assume other people would be wondering what this is so:
> > Plasma ignition is where instead of a single spike of HT voltage you get
> > train (serise) of smaller spikes. So you strike a spark, then you keep
> > spark (plasma) burning for longer by repetativly sending down spikes of
> > power. A bit like the flicker on a lightning strike where you actualy
> > or so flashes traveling through the same plasma. Because the plasma
> > established but the first spark the remaining sparks need no where neer
> > much energy, to keep the spark sustained.
> > It's based on very old technology, have you seen thoes spark laders
> > horizontal spark travels up two electrodes. Somebodys ladder, it's
> > imposible to put the amount of energy needed to maintane that spark
> > constantly, but because it's very short pulses, the average power is
> > small.
> Oh, You mean like the old Frankenstein movie!!! Its alive! It's alive!
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