Working on an art installation that's using a bare Carbon
I was wondering if anyone by chance had experience running
brute arcs with clear lenses. I need photometric data to help
with the early design. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
DP • Gaffer
Erik Messerschmidt writes :
>Working on an art installation
that's using a bare Carbon Arc flame.
I may still have this info somewhere, I'll try to look for
it over the next couple of days when the turkey OD whereas
Meantime you should be aware that an open carbon arc produces
a tremendous amount of ultraviolet light much like arc welding.
So much so that clear carbon arcs are used for accelerated
fade testing of color dyes and anything else that is supposed
to be sunlight resistant -- paints, sails, electric cables,
It is extremely easy to get burns on your retina as well as
any exposed skin.
Be very careful.
IA 600 DP
>Meantime you should be aware
that an open carbon arc produces a >tremendous amount of ultraviolet
light much like arc welding.
Much aware, thanks Brian.
We're having a UV coated Pyrex glass shield built to surround
the arc. The audience will also be protected from direct light
by an opaque shield.
What I'm specifically interested in is the photometric data
associated with a bare flame sans reflector and lens. It's
hard to find but was thinking someone might have done this
before. I'm trying to gather as much info as possible before
I march down to Mole-Richardson with my meter so anything
you can dig up would be greatly appreciated.
DP • Gaffer
Erik Messerschmidt writes:
>What I'm specifically interested
in is the photometric data associated >with a bare flame sans
reflector and lens.
The only thing I could find was an old flyer from the Atlas
Company in Chicago.
It describes their "enclosed carbon arc" testing
devices. I believe they are still in business, but not sure
if they still manufacture carbon arc devices.
There must be a lot of data on carbon arc characteristics
available from materials testing research.
Maybe someone at Atlas can help. I believe Union Carbide acquired
the National Carbon Company which was the manufacturer of
most carbons used in the US. If you do go to M-R, I'm sure
Peter Mole could tell a great deal more.
You might also try the SMPTE in NY and the American Society
for Testing and Materials.
IA 600 DP
I'm not sure if this has what you're looking for, but here's
a URL for the National Projector Carbon Bulletins (1957-1960?).
I think Bulletins 1 and 2 may be most useful.