are a host
of dangers associated with Tesla coiling, high voltage, and high
power systems. Capacitors sometimes explode with no warning, spewing
hot oil and capacitor innards all over you and your lab. High voltages
rapidly create irritating, or even toxic, levels of ozone and poisonous
oxides of nitrogen.
Arcs and spark gaps can generate dangerous levels of ultraviolet light,
and high-energy spark discharges can create an Electromagnetic Pulse
(EMP) that can
disrupt, or even permanently damage nearby solid state equipment. Spark
discharges, especially from high-energy capacitors, create shock waves
that can permanently damage hearing in unprotected ears.
discharges can also cause wire or component fragmentation, and pulsed magnetic fields can even erase nearby credit cards. High
energy systems can even cause fragmentation of the experimenter if he's
not careful! Never experiment alone, and provide training to nearby folks
on how to safely "kill" power.
If you are considering
building your own Tesla Coil, please read the Tesla List Safety Sheet BEFORE
building your first system. This can be found on Chip
Atkinson's excellent Tesla Coil Builders site (the hosting site for the Tesla Coil
Builder Mailing List). A more up to date Safety FAQ can also be found
our mirror of Terry
Fritz's old "Hot-Streamer" web site.
Some Candid Shots taken in Stoneridge
Engineering LLC's Research Labs...
Another successful "shot" in the Pulsed Power Lab!
Our mascot, "Thang", is always
eager to chew the fat with new lab visitors!
Stoneridge Engineering LLC excels at
innovative power monitoring...
Just one more little tweak...
We're on the verge of beating
Ruhmkorff's spark length record!
Setting up for another delicate high voltage measurement...
Our maintenance man really hates
replacing those lab ceiling lights!
...and THIS needs to
be moved over THERE
Readying our new 2 MJ capacitor bank. Shrunken coins worked well... next step is squishing school buses into minivans!
Stoneridge Engineering LLC's
Official Organization Chart
Bert's version of a Hot Toddy
after a hard day's work in the lab... (Why is all the GOOD stuff heavy?)
Our High Voltage engineers
just love to kid around...
"Going where no man has gone before"... our
company physician preparing to test our
prototype pulsed-power prostate probe...
We use clear warning notices on dangerous equipment.
And, all of our equipment is dangerous...
Time to wax the ole' bushing again...
We excel at innovative mobile
Our Aetheric Matter Transporter
needs a bit more debugging...
Stoneridge Engineering LLC excels at data entry
and advanced computer simulations
Everyone does silly things sometimes...
we just do them more often!
Our shipping department proudly uses Quantum Express:
"When you absolutely, positively, don't know
where it's going or when it needs to be there"