EM3.8 Wimshurst Machine

The classical Wimshurst machine separates charge. The hand crank spins two disks in opposite direction and charges two beakers, each with a unique charge. In essence, this creates a large capacitor. The capacitance of the machine can be controlled by two knobs in the front of the machine. When they are in contact, the capacitance is large. It then takes longer to charge giving a more powerful discharge.

Equipment Location: Shelf D6-3