Air Ionizers and Charging Objects: Possibilities?

In summary, the conversation revolves around the use of an air ionizer to charge objects remotely and the potential effects on health. One person suggests using an arduino board for experimentation, while another person shares their experience with commercially sold air ionizers. There is also a mention of possible negative effects from over-ionizing the air, including the production of ozone. The speakers also discuss their backgrounds in electrical engineering and offer to share study materials.
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Im trying to work on a project and was curious if anyone knew if an air ionizer could be used to place a charge on objects moving through the air. If so what could be the magnitude of the charge of such an objects? The setting of the area would be probably out side but if necessary indoors.
 
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Hello,
my English is poor but if I understand your question right you ask if an air ionizer can charge any object remotely.
My answer is completely NOT significantly. It may create strong electric field (depending on its voltage) but will not transfer (to be precise almost none) none of charge.
Why are you getting to use the air ionizer in an outdoor area while outdoor area is full of ionts?
 
  • #3
Yes your right about my question.Well I am trying to place a charge on a thrown or fired projectile then using a magnetic field to effect the direction of it. I was hoping that the contact of the negative ions in the air would cause a negative charge in the projectile.
 
  • #4
Is there methods of applying a charge on a conductive material through an air medium. I am just starting 3rd year EE so it would be nice to have something not too complex.
 
  • #5
Hello,

it is an attraction idea to create an electromagnetic shield in fact. But I am worried you cannt charge metal object via air ionizer properly and you would probably need enormous energy source to effect rapidly flighting object (projectile). You can check air ionizer effects yourself e.g. if you connect scourer with high voltage source (small tesla generator for instance).
I study Electrical Engineering for my bachelor degree as well and if you are looking for something to start up, I can recommend you Arduino board (arduino.cc).
 
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That seems to be the same conclusion I have come to. I did some calculations and it seems like it may need to have a large charge on the projectile to have an effect and I have some doubts an ionizer would place a large enough charge. But I am just hoping for some change in direction nothing big
 
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OK, but if you would like you can still make an air ionizer. The construction is very simply and if you use plain electrodes you may be able to observe so-called Brown's (if I remembered right, probably don't) motion of the air. Air ionizator captures dust and pollen and negative charged ions are salutary for our health and welfare of houseplants :)
 
  • #9
Im studying at the University of Alberta(found in Canada). I just finished my c/c++ but my study notes are a bit confusing(portions missing). I am going to guess all your classes are based in english? What year of study are you? should I be worried about any health aspects with possibly over ionizing the air? I read it has positive health aspects... but I worry because i would like to make an attempt at ionizing it as much as possible. (Further then normal) is there a possibility u might have some notes related to it?its hard to find stuff online that's relavent. I have completed my electricity and magnetism course which helps me visualize and possibly predict a few ideas.
 
  • #10
You're right about sharing notes, it's lacking sense in the age when whole courses including videos from the best universities are available on the web for free. I am just finishing 1 year at TU in Brno as well as you do (did), but my study materials are mostly in Czech.
If I remembered correctly there is some negative effect at human body from over-ionizating, but I would not be worried about my life :) I've got commercionally sold Ionic-Care TRITON X6 and I turn it on at max for whole day (maybe two) in my small room but except for strange stink I didn't observe any special effects. In the extreme way you may try it gradually and you will see (smell).
 
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Actually, I remembered one health hazard from over-ionizating. When ionizating air, the ozone is made and amount of it is enough to be recommended ventilate your room with air-ionizator turned on (quite strange). This is not true for completely all commercially sold air-ionizators (e.g. Triton X6 I owned), but it is true for home-made air-ionizators at all (filters are needed).
 

Related to Air Ionizers and Charging Objects: Possibilities?

1. What is an air ionizer and how does it work?

An air ionizer is a device that releases negatively charged ions into the air. These ions attach themselves to positively charged particles such as dust, bacteria, and allergens, making them heavier and causing them to fall out of the air. This results in cleaner and fresher air.

2. Can air ionizers charge objects?

Yes, air ionizers can charge objects by releasing negative ions into the air. These negative ions can attach themselves to neutral or positively charged objects, giving them a negative charge. This can be seen in the form of objects sticking to surfaces or hair standing on end.

3. Are there any health benefits to using an air ionizer?

Some studies suggest that air ionizers can improve air quality and reduce the number of airborne particles that can cause respiratory problems. However, there is not enough evidence to support the claim that air ionizers have significant health benefits.

4. Do air ionizers produce ozone?

Some air ionizers produce small amounts of ozone as a byproduct of the ionization process. Ozone is a harmful gas that can irritate the lungs and worsen respiratory conditions. It is important to check the ozone output of an air ionizer before purchasing and to use it in a well-ventilated area.

5. Can air ionizers eliminate all pollutants and odors from the air?

Air ionizers can help reduce the number of airborne pollutants and odors, but they cannot eliminate them completely. They are most effective in removing larger particles such as dust and pollen. Other sources of pollutants and odors, such as chemicals and strong odors, may not be affected by air ionizers.

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