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Subject: When high current flows through, the connector see

Date: Sat Sep 1 01:40:49 2001
Posted by Chun Ming Wong
Grade level: 10-12 School: No school entered.
City: No city entered. State/Province: No state entered. Country: New Zealand
Area of science: Physics
ID: 999322849.Ph

It seems a common phenomena if you often play with sparks that whenever a spark
occurs between two conducting material, the two material seems to have a force
which hold them together when you pull them apart during the spark. Spark
usually occurs whenever there is a high potential difference between two
material (I play that using back emf of a coil) but I recently play with 2-4mF
capacitors charged to around 12V and I notice that spark is produced even with
such low voltage. I discharge the capacitor in a short circuit and at the
instant when I short circuit by putting two wire together (spark may accompany),
there is a significant force preventing me from pulling it apart.
I wonder what causes that force? if it is under high voltage, it can be due to
electrostatic force but it is ruled out as it is only 12V. I am thinking it has
something to do with breaking a high current circuit but do not know what it is.
Don't worry about me playing with sparks, I do that only using dry cells.

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