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I believe the correct term is "ionized". And yes, it does conduct much better than normal air. And after it starts conducting, it superheats and so might also turn into plasma.does plasma-ized (for lack of a proper term) air conduct better than room temperature air
Too bad he didn't hang onto the end of it. In El Centro, CA, a stray cat crawled into a transformer vault. Its incandescent body was seen zooming through the air, but it de-powered an entire military base.We had some jackass throw a chain into the substation feeding the town of Cookeville and our Tenn Tech U. taking it out for several hours back in the 60s.
Yes. And I encountered another very memorable version of 60 cycle hum at a place I used to hang out on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA. There are some really serious transmission lines there that are elevated on towers hundreds of feet high so they can cross the river with no danger to passing ships. The voltage must be about as high as you can get, like 500 or 750 kV. The sound is not a buzz but kind of a reverberant hum, constantly varying as the sound reverberates through the long, mechanically resonant wires. It's a really scary sound, like it's trying to tell you how much energy is involved and how deadly it is.The sound of kVs arcing is one that will stay with you after you hear it. A very memorable and unmistakable sound. Gives a whole new perspective on 60 cycle hum.
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