TSSP: Software Map

This project involves quite a bit of software - several programs and data files. This page provides a summary map and an overview of the components.

Updated: 19 Jul 2008


The software comes as a toolkit of programs which work together through a number of internal data files. The internal data files are plain ASCII, space separated fields, newline separated records, so that they are immediately suited for use with countless hundreds of unix toolkit programs. This provides an un-inhibiting framework for further developments, and makes it easy to use parts of the toolkit with other applications.

  Data Flow Map

The diagram below shows the various components of the TSSP suite. Blue boxes are programs, yellow boxes are data files, and the green box highlights the system description file which the user must provide as a starting point.

Data file names are shown with SYS in place of your system name. Output files are shown as EPS but can be generated in any format of course. To get to the output file you want, start at the input file and follow the arrows. For example, to generate a Fourier spectrum of a dual resonator Tesla coil, your must run TCAP to get a capacitance file, then TMODE to generate a modes file, then TDUAL to compute the time domain response of the dual resonator, and finally TSPECPLOT to generate the desired plot file. Very brief descriptions of each of the components follow in the next section. Against each of the programs is a typical running time, which you can add up to obtain the total runtime to reach a given output file, and against each of the data files is a typical filesize, which you can add up to see if sufficient space is available.

  Component Summary

SYS.in The input file. A structured text file containing a description of the resonator (2Kb). See Details and Example
TCAP Calculates the distributed capacitance matrix, which is stored in the capacitance file (5 mins).
SYS.caps An internal data file containing the complete distributed capacitance matrix (600Kb).
TMODE Compute the normal mode spectrum of the resonator, and generate the modes file (40 mins).
SYS.modes An internal data file which holds a description of each normal mode eigenfunction, along with its complex frequency (200Kb).
TMODEPLOT Generates a chart showing the available normal modes. Example.
TDUAL Computes the time domain response of a dual resonator Tesla coil, making use of the available modes from the modes file (30 secs).
SYS.wave A waveform data file, showing the instantaneous voltages and currents everywhere in the resonator, as a function of time (6Mb). Format.
TWAVEPLOT Takes the waveform data file and produces a chart of the major voltages and currents (5 secs). Example.
TSPECPLOT Generates a continuous Fourier spectrum from the contents of the SYS.wave file (5 secs).
TANIM Creates an animation sequence from the contents of the waveform file (20 mins). Example.
TCINTPLOT Makes use of the data in the capacitance file to produce a chart of the internal capacitance distribution (5 secs).
TCEXTPLOT Produces a chart showing the distribution of external capacitance (5 secs).
SYS.forced An internal data file containing the steady state forced response of the system (2Mb).
TFORCE Generates the forced response data file for a range of sinusoidal forcing functions (30 mins).
TZINPLOT Produces a chart of the input impedance response for the resonator, using the information in the forced response data file (5 secs).
TVIPLOT Charts the voltage and current distributions along the secondary, for a given steady state drive frequency (5 secs).

Maintainer Paul Nicholson, tssp1611@abelian.org.