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.
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.
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.
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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