Can someone post this in the Mythbusters forums and try to get them to attempt to replicate this?
edit: I submitted the request at http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/show-talk/ejec....
SESSION 7: SPECIAL SESSION, 17th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1995, 8:00 am
SESSION 7: SPECIAL SESSION: ELECTROSTATIC CONSIDERATIONS IN INDUSTRY
MODERATOR: D. Swenson, 3M
7.7 CASE STUDY - LARGE PLASTIC WEB ELECTROSTATIC PROBLEMS, RESULTS AND
CURE, D. Swenson, 3M Company
Tremendous static charge generation on a plastic web causes unique
physical phenomena and special problems. Solution was simple and cost
I wonder if there has ever been a cancer cluster found at such plants?
Generating a vortex of air is pretty common, a lot of industrial mixers and sifters do this. It's what inspired Dyson to make his vacuum.
I heard about it from a tech at an EMI testing lab in 1996, tracked down Dave Swenson's email at 3M, and posted the article on amasci.com.
Some extra info: Dave S. mentioned that the experience was a bit painful, since corona discharges were leaping from his whole body at the time. He said he was unable to turn around while near the "invisible wall," and had to walk backwards to get away from it.
Also, he described the whole plant having serious ESD hazards: tape on floor to mark pathways, and if you left the path, you might get zapped by a mini-lightning from some ungrounded machine.
Seeing as your professor is all knowing, maybe they could finally tell us all how lithium polymer batteries work ?
Since you are antifragilist and don't have a God Complex, you are well suited to invest in my project to commercialize this technology!