Starting on Friday, 19 April 2013, we started a hydrogen loading test on a 400 layer Celani wire in a new test cell and calorimeter. The treated Isotan 44 wire was provided to us by Celani a few months ago and kept in a polyethylene bag till it was installed in the test cell. We installed about 40 cm of the wire into the test cell.
View of the calorimeter as it operates on the workbench, today.
The full write up is in This Report. Within that report is a link to ALL the specifics of the apparatus, calibration, experiment, and results that we have available. (Previous blog post on this calorimeter)
The goal of this test was to try out the calorimeter on a real test to verify that it works as intended. Due to limitations of the web site organization, we opted to consider this test just part of the commissioning of the calorimeter and not publish it ahead of time. We soon regretted that as interesting data started coming out. While we still could really use a web guru to help us organize the site for multiple experiments, we decided to share this data and get many more minds working on it ASAP. Unfortunately, the live data stream will be a little slower coming since we haven’t figured out if we want to share the internal test setup or move that calorimeter to a different computer. This document is intended to publish the data and invite others to examine the data, the analysis, and the conclusions, and add interpretation.
The most interesting result is that the wire loads rapidly once at the right temperature and seems to achieve a ratio of H/Ni atoms of 1.16:1, which should be close to a complete loading. Another interesting find is that the resistance of the wire didn't start to change much till the majority of the loading was complete. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time these characteristics of a Celani wire have been observed. We are hopeful that this data will be useful to others trying to understand this line of experiments. We also plan on designing future tests to get cleaner data.
Donations of web support (specifically Joomla and PHP), and cash donations are greatly appreciated to help bring this out to the world. Additionally, we are hopeful that we can refine the calorimeter into a version that could be made available for interested research partners.