How the Paul Baumans's Testatika device might work....

If my memory serves me correctly, I read, some years ago, and somewhere on the internet that Paul Baumann made (designed?) his first Testatika machine while serving a time in jail (in the worhshop of the prison).

Now: I guess  that ( in that case) my memory is right. I could not had imagined such thing.
The question remains: is this information accurate?

If yes, this  first  Testatika should had only used conventional  materials and should had been built  with  usual tools that  would had been availiable in a prison workshop. No crystals or other radioactive stuffs that seem not ordinary avaliable in a jail. :))... But, who knows???...

Now, what about  capacitors?
I mean: paralell plates capacitors.

It is a well known fact that if you separate the two plates (by increasing the gap for example) of  a previously charged capacitor you proportionaly increase the energy stored in the said capacitor.


Area of the plates: 1 m2
Air gap between the plates : 8.84 mm
Condenser capacity : 10-3 microFarad (1 nano)

Let the voltage between the plates be : Uinit = 3000 Volts.
The intial energy (IE) stored in the condenser is:  4.5 miliJoules

If we, by any mean,  increase the gap between the plate by 10.
New condenser capacity 10-4 microfarad (100 pico).
The new capacity is divided by 10 and the new voltage (Uend)  become : 30 000 Volts
Q = C*V  ---->  V= Q/C  (Q is conserved).
The new energy  (NE) is : 45 miliJoules.

The energy has been mutiplied by 10. What a miracle!
Not at all! Say (official) Science because you had to use some energy (NE-IE) to separate the condenser plates  Actually, these plates are stuck by electrostatic forces. Indeed,  I was able to do some simple maths considering the most obvious case (perpendicular pull (see further)). I figured out that  (official) Science was right (once again ).... So, no miracle. No 'free lunch'. No 'OU'.  Move on. Nothing to see...

But.... But...

When two (strong) magnets are stuck together, or one single magnet is stuck to the fridge, which kind of 'pull' do you (or any child!)  use to separate them? The perpendicular pull or the 'shearing/tangential' one? (see picture). Sorry for my English. Hope this is not too 'gobbledygooky'!

IMHO, the only question is: is the 'shearing/tangential' way more efficient that the perpendicular one?  Jean Louis Naudin seems to have some hints about this question:

Now, I guess that some Tensor calculus could be of any help. Sorry guys, as Vector calculus is already over my few neurons, do not rely on me about this kinda strange calculations. :((

Anyway, had this be proved  (tangential is more efficient than perpendicular) that 'OU' could be possible
(once again!) Actually what stands for magnets stands also for condenser plates...

Do you see what I mean???
The trick is to  lower the capacity (C) of the condensers and  consequently, while the charge is conserved, to increase the voltage and then the energy.  Q = C*V  ---->  V= Q/C  (Q is conserved)
E = 1/2 C * V * V

In that case,  the lowering of the capacity  is not acheived by  gap increasing  but by face-to-face  plates areas diminishing using the shearing/tangential pull.

Yes, you still  need some energy to lower this capacity .
But  what if this energy were less that the gained energy doing  it?

Now, perhaps, I'm kidding myself

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