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MIT Physics Demo - Exploding Wire

By FizziksGuy, 04/22/2013
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[color=rgb(51,51,51)][font=arial][size=3]A 100 uF oil-filled capacitor is charged to 3 KV. This takes approximately 15 minutes, creating a charge on the capacitor that could be lethal. The capacitor is then discharged through a 12" length of 30 gauge bare iron wire.[/size][/font][/color]

[color=rgb(51,51,51)][font=arial][size=3]When the high voltage current flows though high resistance wire, the bonds between iron molecules are shattered, resulting in a loud bang, a shower of sparks, and a cascade of wispy filaments floating through the air.[/size][/font][/color]

[color=rgb(51,51,51)][font=arial][size=3]Not all of the charge on the capacitor is disharged through the wire, so a shorting bar must be used to release the remaining charge.[/size][/font][/color]

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