I need to make a continuous high voltage arc for some project (Birkeland Eyde process).
Most generators use ZVS with mazzilli driver, some use voltage multiplier stages and transformers etc.
Since I have the parts, I'm gonna go the ZVS way, but why do I need a mazzilli driver to control the flyback transformer primary?
Though it's kinda straightforward and needs few number of components and the working principle is known and explained, it seems hard to gain full control over frequency/currents and voltages inside the circuit. Many burnt mosfets and igbt questions implies so.
Why not use a microcontroller (or any other precise pulse-generator) combined with MOSFET driver and a single primary coil on the flyback transformer?
Is it just cost or the mazzilli circuit offers benefits I'm not aware of?