The ULTIMATE Tesla Coil Design and Construction Guide (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2007
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The only book available to cover the Tesla coil in so muchdetail
The Ultimate Tesla Coil Design and Construction Guide is a one-stopreference covering the theory, design tools, and techniques necessaryto create the Tesla coil using modern materials.Thisunique resource utilizes Excel spreadsheets to perform calculationsand SPICE simulation models on the companion website toenhance understanding of coil performance and operatingtheory.
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For an engineer that wants to make exacting calculations for his/her first Tesla coil this book has all the mathematical legwork done for you.
For the hobbyist interested in making Tesla coils without requiring an engineering degree this book is of very limited value and will be a disappointing purchase.
This is not a book with instructions or plans for building Tesla coils but rather a reference for those that wish to use exact calculations for every aspect of their coil design.
Unless you have a fairly solid background in the mathematics of electromagnetic theory, and you want to use formulas without having to do the brainwork yourself, I recommend purchasing other books.
Many important topics are not even touched upon, such as the necessity to protect the primary transformer's secondary winding against sure RF damage by adding a filter between it and the gap. Also while he correctly states that neon sign transformers are excellent for Tesla coils, he neglects to mention that modern ones are useless because they have built in ground fault interrupters. This not nit picking; rather, overlooking these (and many others) will spell sure grief for any builder.
For the advanced builder there is no mention of how to choose the coupling between the primary and secondary, and the interesting phenomenon of how energy washes back and forth between the primary and secondary coupled tuned circuits for several envelopes before gap quenching takes place. No actual oscilloscope traces are to be found in the book; instead everything is drylabbed. There are too many other instances where the book is incomplete and unauthoritative, except to mention that the author perpetuates the myth that the reason that small coil discharges don't shock you is because their high frequency currents travel over your skin (not...see Wikipedia).
I don't regret buying this book however the TC community has advanced well beyond it and I urge any potential builder to spend time on the web where they will find information that is more relevant, practical, and trustworthy (for example those by richieburnettis.) I understand that my review represents a different perspective than that of some others however I felt these things needed to be said.
Others have protested the book's math-intensive nature, but some things (the Manhattan Project, the Apollo program, etc) just can't be done--correctly--without heavy mathematics, and this is one of them. I did find the book's CONSTANT references back to the author's (freely available) Excel spreadsheets a bit distracting. (It's hard enough to try and absorb the physical principles involved without constantly having to read around cell addresses.)
All in all, though, this is THE best summary of the principles of Tesla Coil design and operation I have found.
So for the hobbyist who would just like a super quick direction book. This is not the book for you.
For the analyst who wants / needs to know every detail. You have found the right book.
It tells history, information about individual parts, and even building some of the needed parts.
This guy tries his best to explain the mathematics as well as provides a spread sheet for easy of calculations.
He does refer to the spread sheets often within the book. But usually just for a quick reference.