by Ron Kurtus
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|Static Cling||Can't get rid of static cling||USA|
|Static Electric Materials||Home oxygen safety||USA|
|Electrostatic Induction||Static electricity from tyres on road||Pakistan|
|Electrical Attraction of a Comb||Static electricity from a comb||USA|
|Physics - Detection of Static Electricity||Electron donor and electron acceptor||Nigeria|
|Static Electricity Sparks||Frequency of sparks jumping gap||USA|
|General||Science fair project with static electricity||USA|
|Static Electricity Sparks||How does a lightning bolt occur?||Uganda|
|Reducing Static Electricity Shocks||Shocks dog with static electricity||USA|
|Basics of Static Electricity||What is Ohm's Law?||India|
Can't get rid of static cling
Topic: Static Cling
January 19, 2016
I washed and dried (laundromat: big mistake too hot) some synthetic tops that I love. They cling to themselves completely now and if I put them on, to my body. Did I completely destroy them? I've tried the hangers, washing them and not drying them, dryer sheets to no avail. Any more thoughts on how I might save them? Thanks.
Gale - USA
I've never heard that you couldn't get rid of static cling in synthetic clothes. I can't imagine what could have happened to the material.
One web page that might help is How to Cure a Bad Case of Static Cling. It might give you some other ideas to try.
Best wishes on solving the problem. Let me know how things turn out.
Home oxygen safety
Topic: Static Electric Materials
January 12, 2016
My husband is on oxygen and I am hoping that you can tell me what items in the home create static electricity so that I can remove and/or not use them. I am so afraid of starting a fire and am not well versed on this subject. Also, the room that I will be setting up for him soon has carpeting. Is there something (a liner or such) that I could place over the carpet to keep the static away? When you respond, would you please write something indicative of this subject in the email subject so that it does not become last in the junk mail? Thank you SO MUCH for your time!
Casaundra - USA
Home oxygen should be kept away from inflammable materials. A static spark nearby could cause problems. However, if you haven't had problems in your house from static sparks--like after walking on the carpet--there isn't that much of a risk.
The following websites give pointers on care that should be taken when using home oxygen: Oxygen safety and Important Safety Tips for Your Home Oxygen System.
Best wishes for a safe home and the good health of your husband.
Static electricity from tyres on road
Topic: Electrostatic Induction
November 26, 2015
when rubber tyres rubbed on road what type of charge will be on tyres.
The rubber tyres would gain negative (-) electric charges, while the asphalt road would gain positive (+) charges. However, about 20 years ago, the tyre companies added material to greatly reduce the charge buildup.
Static electricity from a comb
Topic: Electrical Attraction of a Comb
November 25, 2015
will ametal comb after I comb my hair lift paper why
A plastic comb will work much better than a metal comb in building up a static electric charge to lift the paper. However, a metal comb may be able to hold charges to lift the paper. See Causes of Static Electricity and other lessons.
A good experiment is to compare the two types of combs to see which works the best.
Electron donor and electron acceptor
Topic: Physics - Detection of Static Electricity
November 9, 2015
how do i know which of the following is the electron donor and electron acceptor
1. fountain pen with coat sleeve
2. glass with silk
3. nylon comb through dry hair
4. ebonite rod with fur
chris - Nigeria
See Effect of Materials on Static Electricity and compare material combinations to see which are electron donors and which are acceptors.
For example, on the list, glass tends to give up electrons and gains positive charges, while silk also gives up some electrons, but not as many as glass. Thus, glass would be the donor.
Ebonite attracts electrons while gives up electrons.
I hope this helps your understanding.
Frequency of sparks jumping gap
Topic: Static Electricity Sparks
November 9, 2015
As far as an 'adjustable spark gap' of a brass type with ball ends connected to an electrostatic generator: Does the Spark going across the gap reflect back and forth before going to ground? It looks to me it does. Is the energy across the gap acting like a 'Doppler Effect'? From some of my experiments it seems the spark gap I use at a certain (f freq) gap actually is stronger then if there were no gap and connected straight.
If you could comment on this to me it would be of much help.
Maybe I am delving into the unknown but if this is true to some extent
that would be great for my research. I have no way to measure if a spark gap at a certain freq has more power before its final ground journey. Thanks
Maure - USA
A spark jumping across a gap is caused by an excess of electrons jumping to an area with less charges. But what can happen is that when the electrons jump the gap and cause a spark, too many jump and cause the other side to have an excess. Since the air is hot and ionized, this excess will jump back in the reverse direction. It could happen several times. This is often seen in lightning strikes.
I'm not sure how to measure the frequency of the sparks going back and forth, but I'm sure there is a method to do that.
I hope that helps. Best wishes in your experiments.
Science fair project with static electricity
October 29, 2015
I am doing a science fair project of separating salt and pepper using static electricity, and was wondering if you could tell me a little bit more about static electricity
Kayla - USA
How does a lightning bolt occur?
Topic: Static Electricity Sparks
September 20, 2015
how does a lightning bolt occur
budali - Uganda
See Static Electricity and Lightning for an explanation.
Shocks dog with static electricity
Topic: Reducing Static Electricity Shocks
September 12, 2015
I have real issues with static, not with metal but with animals and people. I try to grab metal before I touch my parrot (actually she won't let met toutch her until I hold her cage) but I'm shocking my German shepherd and he's starting to growl at me. I do this all year long, worse in the winter. I killed watches.Is there something I can do to control this?
marion - USA
When people generate a lot of static electricity, it is usually caused by a combination of very dry skin and clothes made of synthetic materials.
Try skin moisturizer and wearing 100% cotton clothes (including underwear). Hopefully, that will help.
One of the static shock eliminators from Amazon.com as listed on Reducing Static Electricity Shocks is quite inexpensive and may help, especially when used before petting your dog.
Best wishes in solving this problem.
What is Ohm's Law?
Topic: Basics of Static Electricity
August 22, 2015
What is ohm's law?
Satyavir - India
Ohm's Law shows the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance in a simple electrical circuit. The easiest form of the equation is: V = IR
See Ohm's Law for Simple Electrical Circuits.
Hopefully, this reader feedback has helped provide information about Static Electricity issues.
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