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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:22 pm

I wonder if you could take your cannon and turn the chamber into a leyden jar to store static electricity and use that to fire it. That would be fun to explain to someone.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:26 pm

Man if you can do that go to NASA and apply for a job, i bet they hire you!
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:19 pm

i've thought of the "jerk off" cannon a year ago when i made my leyden jar
if your pipe wall is thin enough, go for it, abs plastic is good for static electricity
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Unread postAuthor: Benny » Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:14 am

why not just use capacitors, i guess its fun to make the leyden jars.
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Sat Apr 29, 2006 10:28 pm

I'm using a capacitor on my current cannon. If I built a Leyden Chamber, I could rub a piece of cloth on it to charge it. When I pole vault in my nylon track uniform, the mat gives me a huge static charge, whenever we get off the mat or touch someone we get shocked, even through our shoes. The sparks get pretty long, about 3 inches max. Static is fun because the air crackles before the shock. I'm pretty sure a 3 inch long spark would do the trick for ignition. To make a Leyden Chamber just use thin PVC and metallic paint. Just cover the outside with something insulated. I'll look up a charging method, there's a site, I just googled static generator.
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Unread postAuthor: A-98 » Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:55 pm

whoa a 3 in spark damn , i love shuffling my feet on the sports court at my school (it is made out of that plastic mesh squares) and then zapping my friends.

anyway that is actually a really good idea...i was just going to build a leyden jar a few hours ago. however leydens spark on the outside (if you made it correctly) so you would need to reverse engineer it in a way to do what you want to do
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Unread postAuthor: Benny » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:43 am

3 inches? holy crapp!
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:57 pm

Yeah, it kinda hurts. They go through your shoes sometimes. It's fun to poke somebody, their muscle flinches. 3 inches could spark clear across my chamber.
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:01 am

Did you see the one on mythbusters?
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