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To Russia, with love...

Written by Robert Greenyer on .

Please post any questions, doubts or suggestions you have for Russian New Fire scientists here and for Dr. Alexander Parkhomov himself.

If anyone is willing, could they visit any relevant forums and cross post any suggestions by third parties also here, so we may capture as much as possible in a live google document.


The Plan for the trip so far is:

Meet you at airport on February 25 and go to hotel.

February 26, seminar at 16:00 in the engineering faculty of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

February 27 demonstration of experiment with analog of the Rossi reactor.

February 28 - Leave


0 #147 g barrett 2015-04-01 00:42
@robert greenyer

More food for thought. Al is relatively impervious to H and He and once it melted and coated Ni in the core, it would tend to trap H and He in the Ni matrix "crack reaction zone". This is an excellent environment for recombination of atomic hydrogen.
0 #146 Robert Greenyer 2015-03-31 13:47
@g barret

Not too far fetched. Notice that the solid Li-Al-H melted to the sintered nickel also had a few % o Ni in it.

0 #145 Ecco 2015-03-29 20:34
@g barrett: I've thought of that too over the past years and even recently. It could also explain why the reaction can't start right away (4-5 hours as in previous MFMP tests) but needs more time apparently (assuming Parkhomov's results are genuine. He did run his reactor tubes for an extended period of time though).

It would be hilarious if it were that simple and we just didn't have the right recipe all along. Since Ryan Hunt has run many long-lasting experiments under hydrogen at all sorts of pressures (up to 15 bar) and temperatures (up to 500 °C), there must have been something missing so far. Perhaps the process was as you're hinting too slow for any noticeable effect to occur.

Reading your linked document the first thing I noticed was that liquid metal can cause embrittlement. I was already aware that Gallium for example can eat away Aluminum pretty quickly and make it very brittle (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHHI2Lk79cY ); I don't know about a molten Lithium-Aluminu m alloy in a heated atmosphere on Nickel adsorbing a plentiful amount of atomic Hydrogen, although admittedly that sounds like a rather harsh environment for it to be, pretty much the worst one can imagine for metals susceptible to embrittlement.

You could be onto something... not a far fetched idea at all.

By the way, there were noticeable amounts of 69Ga in one of the grains in the TPR2 SIMS analysis, although one should take them at face value. I don't know if it would have any effect on Nickel too. Trace amounts are catastrophic for Aluminum.

EDIT: again assuming this is true, it might also be consistent with the gamma emission correlation with temperatures. The lower the temperature, the less ductile and more brittle the affected metal is and the harsher cracks and failures would get. At higher temperatures the target metal would get softer, but also get embrittled faster.
+1 #144 g barrett 2015-03-29 19:02
@ Ecco

Out of left field idea ... reasonably easy to test.

Reactor start up. Perhaps part of the Ni-H reaction is an accelerated form of hydrogen embrittlement of Ni? See H2 gas diag. http://www.heat-treat-doctor.com/documents/hydrogen%20embrittlement.pdf

Ni is extremely susceptible to H embrittlement and the process is significantly accelerated by increased Hydrogen concentrations, stress, and heat. If the embrittlement and cracking phenomenon generates something like sonoluminescenc e at crack initiation ???

This would imply the reactor would show a significant reduction in activity when the nickel is close to its melting point and crack initiation was not possible because of plastic flow.
0 #143 Ecco 2015-03-28 05:22
@Robert Greenyer: I'm aware of that. I was trying to find an explanation, no matter how crazy it could sound, as for why all or most of the reaction energy that is supposed to get emitted in the form of gamma radiation comes out of the reactor in the form of mostly infrared radiation (and => RF? there have been claims of RF being detected from LENR too). It's as if a deep redshift is occurring at a local level.
0 #142 Robert Greenyer 2015-03-27 22:57

You only have to see one trace in the cloud chamber as all of the fuel is stable!

Getting it in there as fast as possible would be the priority - such short half lives.
0 #141 Ecco 2015-03-27 17:15
@Robert Greenyer: I've read that suggestion in your hypothesis spreadsheet. My further improvement to that is crushing the rod into small pieces in order to attempting to separate the sintered nickel particles from the LiAl (+LiH and Ni?) coating and exposing them to the atmosphere. This could turn out to be a totally unnecessary step, but one can never know, as crazy as what I'm implying might sound (which is probably even crazier than the excess heat itself).

My ultra-speculati ve hypothesis is that it's where the "gamma thermalization" is occurring. In other words, what might be providing the way for obtaining abundant excess heat is also for some inexplicable reason absorbing all or most the gamma radiation generated, unless a mishap/hiccup in the process occurs.

EDIT: Levi et al. in their Lugano report (pages 28-29) calculated the energy needed to show the Ni and Li isotope shifts seen to be in the ballpark of that of the one calculated through thermal measurements. While Bob Higgins' revised (lower) external temperature estimation detracts from that, it could still be regarded to be more or less consistent with it.

What I'm basically saying is that in Lugano's case, the overall output excess energy does appear to come from expected nuclear reactions.

As the authors interestingly note that the 7Li depletion is an unsolved problem in astrophysics, and as they hint at that in a rather goofy way (as in "we totally do not really mean it, seriously!" - not the actual wording but you get the idea) one can only wonder if they don't know the answer already and if this could explain the very same mystery of complete gamma "thermalization " in these reactors using LiAlH4.

Not really LENR related, but could ring some bells: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2014/sep/02/big-bang-ruled-out-as-origin-of-lithium-6
(the conclusion, especially)
0 #140 Robert Greenyer 2015-03-27 16:45

I have previously suggested internally and to Dr. Parkhomov that we deliberately blow up a reactor and then immediately place the fuel in a cloud chamber.
0 #139 Robert Greenyer 2015-03-27 16:42

Good spot, it does look like as devices switches on at the critical Alkali Hydride melting temperature - and it would appear there is a coincident gamma peak - then it goes away.

Your connection with Rossi's original demonstration is a good call. Thankyou
0 #138 Ecco 2015-03-27 12:00
@Robert Greenyer: do you remember dr. Parkhomov's December 2014 slides? There was a gamma radiation count graph from his СИ-8Б G-M counter. Check out where the only noticeable small peak occurs:


Keep in mind that it might be a coincidence and that I could be looking too much into the data, but that's enough to get me thinking.

During the January 2011 demo, shortly after dr. Celani detected a significant gamma count peak coming from Rossi's E-Cat (which was high enough that Celani considered leaving the building), Rossi told to the attendees that the E-Cat started producing excess heat and that people could enter the small room where the device was operating. I believe he didn't expect that event to happen, but he knew it could.

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