The charge on the electrophorous plate would attract the clapper and keep it nearby. The attraction is even stronger if the clapper is then grounded. There is no repulsion as the induced charge is of opposite polarity.
that sounds correct
although, I was hoping that the pendulum like kinetic/momentum action of the clapper would do the work which is normally done manually in an electrophorus( the manual raising and lowering of the metal-plate, away from the dielectric-plate( resin/wax/plastic), and back on to the dielectric-plate( resin/wax/plastic) )
In other words, I was thinking that a clapper of a specific weight, would succeed in swinging away from the dielectric-plate( resin/wax/plastic ), and toward an earthed-plate .
And Of Course, you would have to design a mechanism( mechanical, or electronic ) to 'earth' the clapper( a step in the manual electrophorus process ) before it swings away from the dielectric-plate( resin/wax/plastic ) and toward an earthed-plate , HOWEVER, that does not occur in the 'Oxford Electric Bell' , so I think that step may not be required here
( This is where I am confused about how the 'Oxford Electric Bell' works )
I don't actually fully understand how the 'Oxford Electric Bell' works
- I assume there's an electric-field potential in the empty space between the positive and negative terminals of the battery, so that when the clapper touches one terminal, it somehow gets electrostatically charged, is then repelled from that terminal, and attracted toward the other terminal, and the process repeats
- However, I never new that that is a method of putting an electrostatic charge on an object, since I never studied that.
- It makes me wonder if there is also an 'electromagnetic'-field potential in the empty space between the positive and negative terminals of the battery, if electromagnetism plays a part at all( you'd think not, otherwise the clapper would not swing back and forth )
( Also, I just read a 'http://physics.stackexchange.com/
' question, to confirm that my other design of this device, using a battery instead of an electrophorus, would not function, since there could not be an electric-field potential in the empty space between just one terminal of a battery and an earthed-plate.
I thought this battery driven version of my design might draw 'Less', Or, 'No' current from the battery( because there is no closed circuit ), in other words, that a battery would last for much longer than a charged dielectric-plate( resin/wax/plastic ), unless a charged dielectric-plate( resin/wax/plastic ) were housed in a vacuum )
I think this is related to other threads recent efforts to accomplish a solid-state-electric-perpetually-running-device( perpetual-motion), by using fast charging/discharging of capacitors in series circuits, in other words, when some capacitors discharge, that charges other capacitors, so hopefully the device should keep running without any external input.
( but I think that by turbo-charging this process you would also increase the power leakage of the device out into the environment, not just by heat, but by leakage via other frequencies of the electromagnetic-spectrum, this occurs in all devices, even in devices enclosed in the highest possible vacuums )
But, to keep these capacitor devices running longer, what about totally eliminating the wiring( as much as possible ) between the internal-charge-plates of the capacitors which lead to other capacitors
- or, wrap/construct a capacitor to totally encapsulate any wiring that comes out of a capacitor, so that 'all-electrical-flow' 'along-any-conductor' of the device will charge up a capacitor, which will be discharged back into the device, and to test how well the device is totally encapsulated by capacitors, you could use some sort of radio receiver to ensure that it is not emitting any radio signal at all.