Townsend Brown and Capacitors

The Biefield-Brown Effect

Science laboratories in both Europe and US confirmed and measured a force on charged capacitors, even when operating the capacitors in vacuum – which removes the possibility of ionic air-currents.

Saucer liftoff (model 2) by T. Townsend Brown and Agnew H. Bahnson at the Bahnson Company 1958. Note the high voltage arc.

Working in conjunction  with  Dr.  P.A.  Biefield,  Brown found that highly charged capacitors when properly  suspended showed a tendency to move relative to the gravitational force. When the poles of a freely suspended charged capacitor (even in vacuum) were  placed on a horizontal axis, a forward thrust would be produced which would move the capacitor  in  the  direction  of  the  positive pole.  The direction of thrust would reverse  in  conjunction  with  a polarity change.  This is the phenomenon known as the Biefield-Brown Effect.

Anti-gravity was demonstrated  by placing the capacitor  on  a  beam balance and charging  it.   When  the positive pole pointed upwards, the condenser would  move  to  a  point  of  equilibrium,  when  the positive pole was  pointed  downwards,  the  balance  would  show  a downward deflection.

Capacitor on a beam balance

Experiments show the  intensity  of  the  effect  to be dependent on several factors :

  • the surface area of the plates
  • the voltage differential between the plates
  • the proximity of the plates to each other
  • the material mass between the plates
  • the dielectric capacity of the material between the plates
  • read more about these factors

It is exciting to notice that these factors also correlate well with the electro gravity theory.

Update Dec 2017!   A frequently overlooked factor in the T. Brown effect is that of the divergence of the electrical field

A new experiment shows that there is a strong kinetic force on objects in a divergent electrical field. The is no net kinetic force on objects in a uniform electric field.  These experiments can been shown in this video below. 

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T. Townsend Brown


Beginning in the mid 1920’s, Townsend Brown specially built a capacitors which utilized a heavy, high charge-accumulating (high K-factor) dielectric material between its plates and found that when charges with between 70,000 to 300,000 volts, it would move in the direction of its positive pole.  When oriented with its positive side up, it would proceed to lose about 1 percent of it’s weight.

T. Townsend Brown and Agnew H. Bahnson at the Bahnson Company 1958.

Brown attributed this motion to an electrostatically-induced gravity field acting between the capacitor’s oppositely charged plates.  By 1958, he had succeeded in developing a 15 inch diameter model saucer that could lift over 110% of its weight (this ref. was found on website that is no longer active:  Brown’s experiments had launched a new field of investigation which came to be known as electrogravitics, the technology of controlling gravity through the use of high-voltage electric charge.

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San Francisco, Sept 2017
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