|Wimshurst Machine||Taylor 102, Demonstration Cabinet III Shelf D|
The Wimshurst machine is an electrostatic generator, Spinning the handle crank will result in two disks to rotate in opposite direction. Next to the surfaces of the disks are metallic brushes and needle heads to absorb the charge. Since the wheels are moving in opposite directions the charges build up in the Leyden jars, which allows a greater charge to build. A spark gap is created with two metallic ball attached to the Leyden jars. Eventually the charge jumps the gap.
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It should be noted that this piece has be refurnished. The right side was completely redone along with one of the plates being replaced with a vinyl. The belts may also need to replace soon.