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> I would like to deeply understand how TCs work, design techniques, etc. > I found enormous data and links on the net but could not found what I am > looking for yet. Any advice?This is yet another instance where the Internet points to references but does not contain the references themselves.
I obtained my own TC knowledge from a large variety of books and coil
plans. Unfortunately I cannot recommend a single book that covers all the
material. Also, I haven't purchased the several tesla coil books which
have appeared recently, so I don't know if they are worthwhile.
On internet, browse the archive of the TCBA NEWS, the online copy of many
years of backissues with hundreds of coil plans and builders articles.
There's also the mirror/archive site of the old Hot-streamer page with a large
number of separate pages by famous coilers. Also I highly recommend
anything written by Richard Quick. There are a number of his articles on
the Tesla Group's FTP
archive (in compressed
format.) See their README for
info about the files in the misc directory.
The best technical description of the tesla coil is the seminal CORUM &
CORUM paper. Physics equations, smith charts, design examples,
everything. "Technical Analysis of Extra Coil as a Slow Wave Helical
Resonator", Dr. J.F. Corum & Kenneth Corum, in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1986
INTERNATIONAL TESLA SYMPOSIUM, (c)1986 Intl Tesla Society, Colorado
Springs. You might be able to obtain this volume via interlibrary loan.
Another source I can recommend: back issues of the T.C.B.A. newsletter,
particularly the issues containing the articles on TESLA COIL CONSTRUCTION
PRINCIPLES and TESLA COIL THEORY. There are links to the TCBA on my tesla
page, and to Steve
Cole's zip file of the TCBA Newsletter
Index. Once you
find the particular issue, back issues can be ordered from the TCBA.