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Static electricity generation. Optimum materials?

  1. May 3, 2010 #1

    taylaron

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    Hello. I'm interested intaking a cloud formed of activated carbon particles and particulates of some other substance to produce static electricity similar to that formed in a cumulonimbus cloud. The means of containing this experiment is another matter. I understand that when "opposite materials" as some call them are rubbed together, static electricity is best produced.

    I want to use particulates of activated carbon, but I don't know what element would be best to produce static electricity when rubbed against carbon.

    Could someone explain the material requirements to create optimal static friction? Thanks.

    Regards,
    -Tay
     
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  3. May 3, 2010 #2
    Google the term http://www.siliconfareast.com/tribo_series.htm" [Broken]. Carbon falls somewhere in there, but is not featured on that page. You will probably have to google extensively the term triboelectric and carbon or graphite.
     
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