Originally Posted by Ratman
I have to get back to rewiring my new collider.
What was wrong with the old wiring??
Interesting discussion on guage, spheres, and cylinders.
Um, gents? Many wire vendors pull the bundle through a die to compress the bundle prior to insulation.. That eliminates the cylindrical sections of the wires and increases the packing factor percentage. High tension wires sometimes are drawn through a die sized such that the outer 5 or 6 aluminum conductors almost form a solid cylinder around the inner steel core.
I work with superconductor wires that are drawn through a turkshead, the resulting cable is of rectangular cross section (rutherford cable), typically 15 wires wide by two wires thick. And almost 100% packing factor.
I prefer high strandcount 650, 500, 350, and 250 kcmil conductors, as they are more flexible. Makes the tech's job easier.