Burning water with high voltage plasma.

51 Views
Published
I have seen some of these experiments done by other YouTubers. Thought I'd give it a go. The discharge makes quite a loud cracking noise, audio compensation in my camera is saving your speakers, but also drowns me out.

First I demonstrate arc length directly across the capacitor, as a control. Regular arc is 10-12mm although if I let the cap charge for a few second and keep hand steady, a 15mm arc can be produced.

I then show some purple very low current plasma arcing between the two cups. With an electrode in each body of water. This flyback wont produce any yellow arc without water present, as it does not have much current. 12v@aprox 1A =12w. 12w @ 30,000v would be 400µa although the driver is probably only about 50% efficient, so more like less than 200µa. There is a little bit of yellow around the edges of the arcs, might not be very visible in video. This seems to indicate water is being converted to HHO and burnt back to water again, almost instantly. With the poor efficiency of my flyback, I doubt I am getting good power conversion here, but a better HV driver could be made. Max gas burn rate seems to occur with the pos+ electrode just above the surface of the pos+ cup, or around the bit where the cups are touching.

The yellow/orange arcing can be seen better with the pos+ electrode out of the water. some positions more so than others. You may also notice a depression in the water surface, indicating presence of electrostatic air flow. Very long powerful arcs can be made across the surface of the water with the two electrodes in closer proximity. Some as long a 40mm or 4x the length of the control arc. Not much HHO action that I can see, although it is a very loud discharge, close to a .22 round or explosive nail gun in sound output. So there may be some HHO explosion maxing it louder. Approx 2x as loud as control arc. Might check that with DB meter next time I do the experiment.


Finally I show that the water can be drawn, or pulled, buy the pos electrode. This seems to be the opposite direction of travel to electrostatic airflow. Perhaps this effect could be used to draw water into some kind of piston device? To be exploded and drive a mechanical load?
Be the first to comment