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How to safely create static electricity from AC current

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bluedog101
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Jan15-14, 04:15 PM
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Is there a simple way to "make" static electricity from an AC outlet? Looking for a way to make my hair stand (what is left of it) on its end for an experiment. Thanks for your comments in advance.
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bluedog101
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Jan15-14, 04:27 PM
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I guess I need a portable Van de Graaff generator - is that the only way?
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Jan15-14, 05:31 PM
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Is there a simple way to "make" static electricity from an AC outlet? Looking for a way to make my hair stand (what is left of it) on its end for an experiment. Thanks for your comments in advance.
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I guess I need a portable Van de Graaff generator - is that the only way?
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bluedog101
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Jan15-14, 07:37 PM
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How to safely create static electricity from AC current

besides that
Bobbywhy
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Jan15-14, 07:59 PM
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Electrostatic generators can be divided into two categories depending on how the charge is generated:

1. Friction machines use the triboelectric effect (electricity generated by contact or friction)

2. Influence machines use electrostatic induction

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_generator

The favorite electrostatic generator at our Museum of Arts and Sciences is the “Kelvin Water Dropper”. All of our visitors love it. It does not need AC power; only falling water powers it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_water_dropper
Windadct
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Jan16-14, 09:46 AM
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BobbyWhy - thanks I have never heard of the KWD! -- Seems like it would be cool to build on a down spout where it rains a lot.....
Bobbywhy
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Jan16-14, 02:19 PM
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Windadct, If you intend to build a Kelvin Water Drop Electrostatic Generator, I highly recommend using Bill Beaty's website for you guide. See:

http://amasci.com/emotor/kelvin.html


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