Hand Crank Van de Graaff Generator

  • Located in L01, section A2
  • Van de Graaff generator that works by hand crank, so students can see the mechanism that charges the dome.
  • Turning the crank moves the belt, which has charges stripped as it moves and thus develops a net charge. Charges spread out on the dome as a result of its proximity to the charged belt.
  • Use the wand to demonstrate arcing and to ground the dome.