[TenTec] electron flow vs. current flow

James Duffer dufferjames@hotmail.com
Thu, 19 Oct 2000 08:54:50 CDT

```Just think how current flows within the source, a battery for example.  Now
didn't that clear it up for you.

73, Jim, WD4AIR

>From: "Sherrill WATKINS" <SEWATKINS@dgs.state.va.us>
>CC: <tentec@contesting.com>
>Subject: Re: [TenTec] electron flow vs. current flow
>Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 16:03:25 -0400
>
>
>Fascinating!  However, the more I read about electrical theory the less I
>know and the more confused I become.    Will someone please explain in
>common english and without math just how the flow of electric current
>through the ground causes a gas pipeline to corrode?? ( Next we will tackle
>how a lightning strike is a complete circuit?) - Thank's- sherrill  k4own
>
> >>> Dan <tacquire@earthlink.net> 10/18/00 03:52PM >>>
>
>In reality lightning is a complete loop like any circuit.  Don't know if
>this has been mentioned here before or not but there is even positive and
>negative lightning,, so named because of where it initiates, positive earth
>to negative clouds or the other way around. In other words whether or not
>it starts from the clounds goes to earth and comes back, or starts from
>earth goes to clouds and comes back.
>
>Neat stuff anyway :)
>
>Sherrill WATKINS wrote:
>
> > Actually, I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who postulated in about
>circa 1750 that electricity flows because of an attraction from positive to
>negative poles.  Also, it was Franklin that postulated the theory (correct)
>that lightning is the flow of electric charges and therefore offered the
>first scientific explanation that lightning is the flow of electricity.
>Franklin also postulated correctly that lightning will favor an attraction
>to a point over a sphere or flat surface and from this he correctly
>developed the theory of the lightning rod, now called the "air terminal".
>However, my cathodic protection engineer friend is adamant that current
>flows from positive to negative. - sherrill  k4own
> >
> > >>> "Dan Cox" <tacquire@earthlink.net> 10/18/00 02:43PM >>>
> > hehe, it's really amazing that the myth ever got started.  Supposedly it
>was
> > easier around the turn of the century to explain electricity if you
> > explained it in the reverse of how it actually works..  Imagine these
> > people's confusion when they started learning about vacuum tubes for
> > instance!  The logic just DOES NOT work!!
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Sherrill WATKINS" <SEWATKINS@dgs.state.va.us>
> > To: <tentec@contesting.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:47 AM
> > Subject: [TenTec] electron flow vs. current flow
> >
> > >
> > > A friend of mine, who is a cathodic protection engineer, states that
>in
> > the cathodic (corrosion) protection business,  he installs sacrificial
> > anodes on buried gas piplines to protect against corrosion.  He also
>states
> > that  current flows from the positive to the negative pole but electrons
> > flow from the negative to the positive pole!  -  Sherrill   k4own
> > >
> > >
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