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Wimshurst machine - electrostatic generator

Wimshurst machine - electrostatic generator

The machine consists of two discs, which are made of a good dielectric, such as rubber, acrylic, etc. These discs are freely impaled on the axis and can be rotated about a horizontal axis. The discs are arranged vertically. With the help of the handle 1 in both drives are counter-rotating. One disc is rotated clockwise and the other counterclockwise. This is achieved by means of drive belts 2 and 3, one of which is twisted through 180° on one of the pulleys. This ensures counter-rotating disks, which is necessary for the induction of charges. Both discs are rotated from one arm and therefore will rotate simultaneously. On the outer part of each disc 4 are glued metal strips, which do not touch the edges of the disc, and executed at some distance from them. The strips are arranged radially, in the form of rays emanating from the center of the disk. Both discs have the same number and arrangement of the strips can be said that the one disc is a reflection of the other.



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