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Jim Yanik wrote:


yes i have, thanks. the point you're missing is that there's friction between dissimilar materials, and that's how a van de graaff generator works. and whether you care to believe it or not, whether /i/ care to believe it or not, when i changed belt to this allegedly anti-static belt, a car that had previously zapped the heck out of me whenever i went near it, suddenly, magically, stopped. coincidence? try it yourself and /you/ decide.

not true - in the v.d.g., both the positive and negative collectors are conductors. it's dissimilar materials that cause this effect, not whether one is a metal.

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STATIC electric charges are generated between dissimilar INSULATORS,not a metal and an insulator.You can rub a wool cloth on a metal all day and not generate a charge of any significance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_electricity#.27Static.27_electricity
Static charge generation
The presence of surface charge imbalance means that the objects will exhibit attractive or repulsive forces. This surface charge imbalance, which leads to static electricity, can be generated by touching two differing surfaces together and then separating them due to the phenomena of contact electrification and the triboelectric effect. Rubbing two non- conductive objects generates a great amount of static electricity. This is not just the result of friction; two non-conductive surfaces can become charged by just being placed one on top of the other. Since most surfaces have a rough texture, it takes longer to achieve charging through contact than through rubbing. Rubbing objects together increases amount of adhesive contact between the two surfaces. Usually insulators, i.e., substances that do not conduct electricity, are good at both generating, and holding, a surface charge. Some examples of these substances are rubber, plastic, glass, and pith. Conductive objects only rarely generate charge imbalance except, for example, when a metal surface is impacted by solid or liquid nonconductors. The charge that is transferred during contact electrification is stored on the surface of each object. Static electric generators, devices which produce very high voltage at very low current (such as the Van de Graaf generator or Wimshurst machine) and used for classroom physics demonstrations, rely on this effect.
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Jim Yanik wrote: <snip for brevity>

1. you need to check into the materials used in a v.d.g. generator. 2. you need to try the belt experiment i did.
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If you want to fix the problem you will have to spend LOTS of money....... for new tires! This problem was noticed in the 90's when toll booth operators were getting zapped big time when getting tolls from drivers. It was blamed on the newer compounding that included more silica in the formula instead of just using cheap carbon black for filer.
Actually I hope the addition of just a strap solves your problem.
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