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Wire Exploder



Wire Exploder / Blast Art
Requires our HEP50 Pulser. Vaporizes wire in a loud and rapid explosion of electrical energy.

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Exploding a wire is possible by discharging a large amount of energy into the wire in a very short time period providing a very high peak moment of power. The wire now dissipates the charge energy in the form of heat, light and magnetic energy. A destabilized LCR circuit can be produced by switching the stored energy of a capacitor into a circuit and then interrupting this current with the exploding wire. At some time f(t) the switch fires, now vaporizing the wire and quickly releasing the stored energy. A powerful pulse of magnetic energy can now induce an electric field in a conducting reflector producing and directing a very powerful EMP pulse.

The Wire Exploder is powered by our HEP50 high energy pulser. The target wire is connected into the "detonation chamber" that protects the observers from flying debris and the intense ultra violet flash (do not look at the detonation flash without UV-protective eyewear!). Leads must be kept as short as possible with the insertion of the trigger blocking core shown in the setup instructions mandatory.

The wire is attached via all brass hardware using a wing nut and replaceable flat washers to sandwich and hold the wire in place. Washers will need replacing after around ten shots.

Many other interesting experiments such as placing a piece of paper or other material with in the explosion sympathetic range and observing the splatter patterns and general damage. Strange designs are often deposited onto the target paper and have been coined "Blast Art".

The Wire Exploder can produce nanoparticles and other weird phenomena. Here are a few links with information concerning Nanoparticle Generation:

Exploding Wire Discharge for Synthesis of Nanoparticles
Electric Explosion of Wires as a Method for Preparation of Nanopowders
A Review of Methods for Synthesis of Al Nanoparticles

For Museums, Attention Getting Displays, Action Science Projects and Serious Research. We can assist in installation and setup. Call for details.

Click For Video of the Wire Exploder in Action:
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Wire Exploder
8000 Volts
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Wire Exploder
9500 Volts
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WIRE EXPLODER SUBASSEMBLIES (all of these are included with complete wire exploder):

capacitor bank
The charger.
triggered spark gap
The trigger.
capacitor bank
The capacitor bank.
capacitor bank
The module.

Complete Wire Exploder:
HEP50 - High Energy Pulser (includes Can Crusher, Wire Exploder, Mass Launcher modules, and Plasma Thermal Gun plans) ... $1995.00
HEP100 - Same as HEP50 but with a dual Capacitor Bank for twice the power output ... $2495.00

> More Information On High Energy Pulse Generators <

These units operate from 115VAC (standard US wall power). If you are an international customer and require 220VAC, you will need our stepdown transformer with Euro plug (TR220/110/300 $69.95). Please note that this stepdown transformer weighs 8 lbs and may require a shipping charge beyond the website estimate.

Individually available items for this project:
WIREXPLOD10 - Wire Exploding Module (included with the HEP50, or sold individually if you want to buy just the module) ... $49.95

ALL NEW Plasma Drilling Machine
Drills Ultra Small Clean, Round, Precision Holes. These can be used for many optical experiments and applications.

This useful device is intended for those requiring clean micron-sized holes in non-metallic materials. Great for optic and laser studies requiring microfine holes. Unit as shown will go through a 1/8" thick stack of business cards in one shot.

Also great for experimenters validating dielectric and insulating integrity of certain materials. Use as a demonstration, science or specialty product.

Includes drilling stand, plasma generator and battery holder for 8 AA batteries. Product is sold without protective shielding of high voltage points. Improper contact can produce a very painful shock but will not burn or cause injury. Plasma energy is 20kv at 1/5 joule.

A suggested charger for the plasma driller is our PBK50.

PLASMADRILL1K - Kit and Plans With Assembled Plasma Generator ... $99.50
PLASMADRILL1 - Paper Plans ... $8.00
PLASMADRILL1-D - Downloadable Plans ... $4.00