SUPER STATIC CONTAINERS
Edward E. Rochon
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Super Static Containers
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Table of Contents
Watching a Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl, the buildup of electrostatic charge in the dust clouds was mentioned as a major feature by the survivors. Engineers note that gases, fluids or particles flowing through tubing can produce potentially dangerous static buildup.
It occurred to me that supersonic or very fast dust flow through restricted channels could produce a high positive charge about a container lining. With ionized gas in the container, the repulsive force would protect the walls from the heat and press in upon the gas to maintain higher heat within a plasma ball. We would imagine laser pulsing energizing the plasma through access points to heat up plasma. Radiation would of necessity heat the container walls irrespective of the positive charge, the radiation of heat not being charge reactive. The container would need heat exchange to keep this heat from destroying the container, ducting heat away to a power generator to produce the electricity, with the power production sufficient to prime the lasers, run the wind generators, and with a sufficient value to pay for the containers. The excess energy would be the profit.
Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
The flow of dust through the atmosphere creates static electricity that can give a considerable shock and spark and impair telephone and radio that use standard conductivity analog features. The heavily laden air can never be much greater than 200 km under usual conditions on earth. We might suppose that greater speeds, supersonic speeds, would produce greater electrostatic buildup. We might suppose that the right types of material would produce more intense charges than in a dust storm, and give more constant electrical charge.
Here are the basic problems. Generating supersonic grit will create great wear and tear upon dielectric surfaces, causing breakdown and expense in maintaining the required distance specifications and charge potential. We anticipate using these containers to hold plasma in suspension, repelled from positively charged container walls. We would hope that fusion might be possible under such conditions.
Our decision beyond the design itself consists of these concerns:
One-the grit material or dust used.
Two-the dielectric material for the dust channels.
Three-how to protect the wind generator from wear and tear.
Four-how to keep channel material from eroding and at constant values.
Five-how to draw off excess electrons or negative charge.
: The cost, durability, efficiency in creating electrostatic charges on the duct walls are the factors to consider. Highly consistent particle parameters would allow consistent charge maintenance, predictable wear and tear. A sifting process would weed out broken grit by size and/or weight. We would hope that many cycles through the wind generator would be possible. An automatic replacement by volume and weight would resupply the dust stream as required. It is likely the type of dust will depend on the walls of the channel materials.
: You have the inner wall that requires the positive charge and the outer wall. The inner wall must be made of material as hard as possible and resistant to the scraping of the softer dust particles. Both walls should be insulators to keep the charge in place. If we could produce quartz or other gemstone material in bands by advances in technology, this would be helpful. Failing that, by creating a ceramic substrate, tiling quartz or gemstone hard material upon that to resist wear and tear would be the second option. The problem of wear and tear must be dealt with, both for the wind generator and for the channels, and these will be discussed in course.
: The dust will dig into the channels of the generator. If we could make a loop of dust where the momentum of the dust was maintained upon return for recycling, this would help keep the dust accelerated for less power. But I think this impractical (given that the whole concept may be beyond current technology) and require an acceleration / deceleration cycle.
We suppose the velocity within the guts of the generator are relatively low velocity. We use the venturi effect to accelerate the wind to the required speed. The venturi funnel will take the brunt of the wear and tear and much easier to replace as erosion of its body takes place. The funnel should be made of very hard material, especially at the nozzle of narrowest passage. Rather than having circular channels to create the charge, slits or narrow width rectangles might produce better results, and the venturi gap could be a slit, dividing into many slits to create charge evenly against the container walls.
So we must slow down the dust for the return passage to the generator, while filtering out used up dust and replacing it with new material before reinsertion into the generator. How might this be done? The dust itself will be of insulator type material. We have a plan to draw off excess electrons, this discussed later. We use dense pressurized gas to slow down the dust upon leaving the channels. The intense dust would keep the dense gases in the capture container. A pressurization process would kick in as the dust accelerated. We also use the reverse venturi effect to slow down the dust as it pours out of the channels. We have charged walls at the target walls that repel the moving dust, thus slowing it down, allowing gravitational force to drop the dust to the conveyance back to the wind generator, where it will be sorted and replenished on its way back to the generator.
: If we have electrons scraped off of dielectric material, there must be some place for these charged negative particles to go. But if we make a conductor to siphon them off, and our channels and container walls are positively charged, we see a two way street passage that will not do. We have one way flow devices in the form of semiconductors. Quartz is one form of semiconductor material used in the past for crystal radio sets. At any rate, we need ducts that will allow electrons to pass out of the channels and container wall area but not back in. The proper alignment of semiconductor material will allow this. These are valves or diodes. They must be embedded in the outer channel walls to pass negative charge away from the container lining walls.
: A spherical container has advantages in maintaining a plasma within a container. But maintenance of such a sphere is difficult. A cube with rounded corners that can draw positive charge onto them from the container walls is more suitable, I think. If we feed replacement channel into the container walls as we go along at the right timing, we keep our channels viable for the task. We must have finely precision tooled junctions to maintain the channels. Charged dielectric material will maintain charges for a time. As quickly as possible, new segments should be passed into the container lining, creating a train effect of portions. Portions go in one side and come out the other for scrapping or relining. The channels should be in stripes with space enough for orthogonal channels to pass through into the adjacent sides of the square container. So the four sides would be replenished at the same time from four different access points in the proper timing.
I think the corners of a cube plasma container would create uniformity of field problems. I propose eight sphere segments on the eight corners to help with keeping a uniform field. These sphere segments would draw charge directly from the walls. This is not a perfect sphere, but we hope will be sufficient.
: The gas should be ionized before insertion into the container to rid the chamber of electrons.
: The lasers would have some insert point(s). The eight rounded corners might help protect them from heat along with insulation. If laser light could be passed through crystal windows that would not fog up, mar up from excessive heat, this would be good.
Chapter 2: Visualizations
Heat resistant dielectric walls.
Heat resistant 90 degree sphere segments on eight corners of cube.
Moving channels in stripes, allowing spacing for adjacent wall channels to move.
Lasers within spherical corners and shielded from heat.
Insert point for ionized gas with valve characteristics to seal container.
Powerful wind tunnel design based on aviation wind tunnel technology.
Modified walls, hardened to handle dust friction.
A very hard and replaceable vent to produce venturi effect, keeping internal machine velocity down.
A conveyor return belt to sort out, add in dust as required.
An access to put in new channel as required in a train fashion while allowing reconnection to wind tunnel venting.
Distribution venting to pass dust through all vents in all four walls (4 separate machines?)
Capture containers at the end of each wall to slow and retrieve dust with charged walls.
Van de Graaff or other static generators for the capture container walls.
Very hard inner surface, less hard outer surface of dielectric material.
Outer surface diodes to draw off excess electrons embedded into outer wall.
Tight fitted segment to maintain surface integrity, keep dust tightly enclosed in channels.
External insertion for new segments, and extrusion points for worn segments.
Release points for wind generator(s) and capture tanks to remove and insert channel segments.
Optimal size and shape through experimentation; cost and lifespan considered.
The size of the machine would vary with purpose. Physics experiments would require various sizes as would the size of potential fusion power machines.
We must consider the cost overhead and financial justification for this container in the next chapter.
Chapter 3: Cost Justification
First off, no detailed analysis based upon known parameters were made by me as you can plainly see. This is intuitive and fundamental in concept. Just what could we expect for voltage from a contrivance of this sort? As a practical matter, would an electrostatic field be stable in the face of heated plasma and to what temperatures? What are the current limits of materials techniques and technology? Perhaps a fusion reactor is out of the question, but physics lab stuff might be an option, taking into account cost and performance over other types of static generating devices.
We have been working on fusion reactors for over a half century. The magnetic fields are unstable. Lasers have not been a quick fix. If we combine containment field with lasers, will this do the trick? Do you not think that electrostatic charges are inherently stable compared to magnetic fields, and seep off charge at a predictable rate that can be compensated for by continually replenishing the charge?
Given our centuries of experience with static electricity generators, might we not conclude that electrostatic charges are better containment options than intense magnetic fields? Intense magnetic fields are at least potentially dangerous. I would suppose electrostatic charges less so, since the alternating current parameter is not in play?
If initial research shows a good static generator for scientific purposes, that would be a good stepping stone for fusion reactors. If it did not work out, we would still have a new type of static generating machine that might be superior in some or all situations?
With the advent of outer space industry, we might get help in hard dielectric gemstone material of a pure nature that would hold a constant static field quite well.
We can see that slamming grit through passages with supersonic speed is definitely a challenge in terms of wear and tear. This will not be cheap, but are fusion reactors cheap? To be sure, we have a number of tried and true static generating machines that will be and are much cheaper to produce. But can they maintain a field of the same nature for a container? Is this concept likely to produce more intense electric fields over a wider area?
My intuition tells me this is a viable concept in theory. My limited knowledge makes me somewhat sceptical as to whether it is a good idea in practice due to cost, maintenance difficulties, acceptable parts manufacturing.
That is the sum of the concept. Hope somebody finds some use in it.
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Golden Age Essays III
Golden Age Essays IV
Golden Age Essays V
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A preface comments on my seeing a Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl. Electric shocks and electric grid and communications problems were an effect. I thought of an electrostatic generating machine. Chapter 1 covers dust going through channel slits embedded in container walls, their dielectric properties and hardness. A wind generator is discussed and how to protect it from dust abrasion We use diodes to draw off charges from the container channels and walls. We discuss the container shape (cube) with spherical corners. We discuss plasma insertion, laser entry points briefly. We discuss replacing worn channels in place to ameliorate the effect of abrasion on the channels. Chapter 2 offers verbal visualizations of the concept without diagrams. Chapter 3 discusses cost and feasibility of the machine and hopes that it might be of some use.