Wimshurst Static Machine Physics Electrostatic Generator Electrical Equipment Science Education
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1.The two plates are supported in two rigid uprights and driven by belt in opposite direction.
2.They are heavy, high resistance plastic with sectors of aluminium sheet.
3.Two jars (condensers) made form glass and aluminium foil.
4.The whole body is mounted on a plastic base nicely polished.
The operating principle of the machine is based on two counter-rotating disks made of insulating material. Each disk has several metal segments attached to it, called sectors. As the sectors pass one another, they induce a charge imbalance on one another. This imbalance is drained off at the collecting electrodes.
1.Set the gap between the two electrodes to about 1-2 inches.
2.Rotate the handle slowly at first and increase the rotation.
3.Once the voltage of the capacitor is enough to overcome electrostatic breakdown at the electrodes, discharge will take place and spark is seen or heard.
1 x Electrostatic Generator