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There is a great opportunity to learn everything about the project and actively help it with every day progress. The great feedback from some of our volunteers will tell you more. Now we search for someone to come to HUG, Minnesota to spark the Sparky cell and see with own eyes whatever exciting will happen.

This morning after completing one an a half calibration cycles in Helium at 1 bar, we looked at the comparison between the first run and the second.  

Cell 1.1 had a very close tolerance of 1.5C max variation between the first cycle and the second.  InCell 1.0, though,the second run was almost 4 degrees cooler on the second run, mostly at the higher temperatures.

That lead us to wonder if the resistance had changed significantly enough to alter the power in.  Instead, we had a mystery.  

 

When we looked a the pressure, it got even more mysterious.  What would cause the pressure to go up when it was already above atmospheric?

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The answer become both more obvious and more mysterious, yet, when we inspected the cell.

A crazy, black coating on the Isotan wire!

 

Our best interpretation is that, despite the baking of the mica before assembling the cell, there must have been something left to off gas.  Last time we noticed off gassing from the mica the material formed a sticky, hazy film on the glass and flanges - it seemed to like the cool places.  This time, whatever this material is, it seems to have been catalytically broken down on the hot surface of the Isotan.  This made more gas.  The higher pressure gas conducted better and the residue on the wires insulated them, making them run hotter, and at a higher resistance.  

Next step:  Disassemble the cell, again, and replace the Isotan.  Any other suggestions?

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+1 #39 someone 2013-01-08 23:51
@Robert Greenyer

I hope this isn't perceived as trying to take over this page >_>;

What I wanted to add .. I hope your doctor has you on the maximum amount of daily dosages of allopurinol.(up to 600 mg / day is starting to be given, but 300 is considered absolutely safe).. If you are still having gout attacks while on that maximum dosage , ask your doctor to look into adding a regular ingestion of Guafenesin (a common and relatively harmless ingredient in cough medication) to your medication.
As for colchicine it should only be taken for the first few days of an attack, then stopped immediately when the diarrhea sets in. (your doctor will tell you of course ). Younger doctors will often never have prescribed the stuff in their careers so you'll have to drag them out of their comfort zone .

There , I think I've said my peace on gout , again , sorry for the off topic blabbering.

Good job on the new calibration btw.
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0 #38 Ryan Hunt 2013-01-08 15:45
I'm gonna do a blog article this morning about the re-calibration process. Both cells fell right back into the same lines after being re-built, which gives us really good faith in the repeat-ability of the apparatus.

Yesterday we just put together the stainless cell in an insulation jacket and we'll put that into the AFC today.

We built another calorimeter that is sort of like a seebek type with RTD sensors. It calibrates out pretty well, but needs to be in a better controlled temperature environment. It also has a long time constant (2 hours to fully settle), so it will be good for long term averages, but not really an indication of things happening rapidly
We're looking at loading the Celani wire today into the vertical cells and starting a helium cycle just to prove it is installed in a comparable way. If we see a higher temp, we'll have to determine if it is from a difference in installation or LENR.
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0 #37 Robert Greenyer 2013-01-08 12:16
@Somsone

Big thanks for that tip - I had not heard of Colchicine, it does not seam to have the full smorgasbord of side effects that Indomethacin has - only permanent neural damage - but none of the heart failure and other stuff. My current loose stools could well be a side effect - so if that is the worst you suffer, I shall look out for it. I am feeling a few twinges in my toe right now which I hope will subside.

As any gout sufferer will know, if there was a means of converting pain to electricity it could power the universe!
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0 #36 Somsone 2013-01-08 09:26
@Robert Greenyer

Being a gout sufferer myself , and being allergic to aspirin and nsaid's I swear by the virtues of Colchicine. To me , except for attacks of explosive diarrhea Colchicine is the best compound to stop the inflammation.

Glad to hear the hiatus will only be temporary.

Get well soon.
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0 #35 Robert Greenyer 2013-01-08 07:41
@Eric

It is a fun ride for sure. Will make a great documentary.

I was aware that they were / are British, but the recent public UK progress in this field is lamentable.
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0 #34 Eric Walker 2013-01-08 07:12
It sounds like you are having an adventure. A few more of these episodes and you will have paid your LENR dues.

You may have heard that Fleischman, Bockris and several others hailed from the University of Southampton, which was a leading university in electrochemistr y.
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+2 #33 Robert Greenyer 2013-01-08 07:02
@all

The project was doing live calibrations over Christmas and a live run was meant to start on the 31st - but there have been a series of setbacks as you can see above. There have been Log book entries up till 4th. We are working very hard in the background.

For my part, I was visiting an Indian authority representative with a view to their top scientific bodies taking an active role in the project. Given that the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans are active already in LENR or open to it, I am looking forward to the time when western authorities outside Italy start taking a similarly serious interest in this field. I dispair that the land of my birth, UK, is so absent in the LENR chronicles especially so given that Fleischmann was British.

I had to travel to a distant town for the meeting, whilst there, I had seafood, pulses and beer and so suffered a severe Gout attack, having medicated with Indomethacin, one of the few chemicals that makes a difference - I was one of the lucky 1% to suffer the severe psychological side effects of the drug, subsequent to which I got dysentery including high fever which I am currently recovering from.

Thankyou for your continued attention, normal programming will resume shortly!
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+2 #32 Rats 2013-01-08 02:42
I too am curious as to when we'll see the latest test cell in action.
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+2 #31 Somsone 2013-01-07 23:37
I see the updates have stopped since december 31st.

Did the project take a week off or has it been halted ?
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0 #30 Chuck 2013-01-07 05:15
#29 @Eric, that's why I suggested a simpler (and inert) support system consisting of nothing more than sheet mica. The good, capacitor-grade stuff from India or Russia should do just fine. No binder.
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