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For the last few weeks we have been busy in Minnesota gathering information and parts for the new 'Sparky' cell design. A High Voltage Tesla technology based sparker, that was designed, built and donated by Dr. Stoyan Sarg will be used to stimulate the powder.

So far we played with wires, made an HV suppression circuit and set up the HUGnet lab boards to play nice with our new HV toy.

With immense help from our returning volunteer "Skip", who worked over long days and nights, we received and made all the necessary components. Now we have started to assemble the new cell.

Daily progress has been documented into Evernote as we really like the instant result when working with it. We have also worked on the website, where we can now introduce you to the project, piece by piece, and let you comment on it. Any suggestions how to make it more readable and undertandable are welcomed.

Enjoy and hope ho hear your thoughts soon.

 
 

UPDATE #1 - Cool videos

Assembling the Sparky cell


UPDATE #2 - Sparky is preparing for a jolt

The Sparky cell with the Ahern powder in has been loading with Hydrogen since the 17th of December and the H2 Pressure is now dropping by 2 or so psi per day which is not very exciting.

Currently it is at a nice stable 330ºC with 8W of input power, so we think it is about time to try to a few sparks.

We'll be trying out a few different temperatures/spark energies over the next few days to see what happens. Ryan will do it manually at first and then later on automatic script.

After that, as planned, we'll add some LiAlH4 assuming we can work out how to do this. The sparks should reach the required temperature to break down the LiAlH4.

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Ryan did a few sparks manually and it settled pretty quickly - need to wait till monday to allow some automation. 

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0 #10 Ecco 2014-12-28 09:34
RTD1 showed a very slight, but weird temperature raise after 22:30 UTC, which incidentally is where the time period of the screenshot in your latest update ends:


http://i.imgur.com/WhEIYPt.png

However, since the other cell appears to have been affected in a similar way, it's likely an artifact of something.

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Normalized (to a 0...1 range) Sparker cell RTD temperatures.
I removed outliers:


http://i.imgur.com/HB9UEC1.png
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0 #9 Robert Greenyer 2014-12-04 18:43
Hi Ecco,

Pretty much everything, thermal, physical, light (EUV and soft X-rays + Visible), RF, Magnetic, Electro-static, pressure, etc
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0 #8 Ecco 2014-12-04 18:28
@MFMP: would you agree that high voltage spark discharges onto the loaded active powder inside the Sparky cell would qualify as very localized thermal shocks? I'm still thinking of those papers I linked in the Celani cells update blog...!
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0 #7 Giorgio 2014-09-15 16:18
A parallel of low inductance, HV capacitors may be used with a spark gap for very high power pulses

www.morganelectroceramics.com/products/capacitors/high-voltage-ceramic-capacitors/pulse-power-capacitors/
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0 #6 Skip 2014-08-10 19:45
I've never worked with a Tesla coil before so I'm probably wrong, but as I see it, the spark is developed at the spark plug included into Sarg's machine. The electrode, the nickel and the cell are in the return path. So it's the energy that is passed through the effective "short" of the nickel wherein we hope for energetic results. I defer to those more knowledgeable
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0 #5 Robert Greenyer 2014-08-06 23:03
@All

Check out all the updates in the evernote - need to build an embed for this page.

https://www.evernote.com/pub/marpooties/sparkypowdercalorimeter#st=p&n=7455b7f7-d189-4dec-b1d1-1012a9da6cfc
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0 #4 Malachi Heder 2014-08-05 23:49
@ MFMP

Nice job on the electrode. Did you bake out the organic binder in the ceramic felt? Or are you thinking the stem of the cell won't get hot enough to cause a bake out during a live run?
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