Inducing A/C current

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by FEATHERTOP, May 3, 2006.

  1. FEATHERTOP

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    May 3, 2006
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    Hi everyone

    Does anyone know how to induce an AC current into a liquid in a pipe. I know that it can be done by a transformer and a primary coil, the pipe becoming the secondary one. but can it be done by inducing the current by say radar of electromagnetic radiation.

    Many thanks

    Feathertop
     
  2. Papabravo

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    Feb 24, 2006
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    Pipes are not coils. The whole concept sounds dubious. Is the idea to "move" the liquid or propagate the current?
     
  3. beenthere

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    Hi,

    If water was a conductor, there would be no problem. As Papabravo said, water is not a conductor. You can add electrolytes to it to make it conduct a current, but it does not become a conductor.

    Induction works when lines of magnetic force cut a conductor. You can make some current flow by using a copper prpe, but not in the water. If you do make this happen, though, the Navy will want to talk and pay you lots of money.
     
  4. beenthere

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    Hi again,

    You said "liquid". Use mercury and a plastic pipe. If you wind the pipe into a coil, you can magnify the effect. Copper is cheaper and not so dangerous.
     
  5. thingmaker3

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    Actually, a conductive pipe would be a secondary with one turn. This is the same concept used in induction heating. Some induction heating set-ups do indeed have a refractory channel, surrounded by a work coil, that liquid metal moves through.
     
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