Universal LENR Reactor – Fuel Rods
|October 21, 2012||Posted by Jack Cole under Dale Basgall, Francesco Celani, Universal LENR Reactor|
Dale Basgall has released a presentation on the fuel rod design of the Universal LENR Reactor. ISOTAN44 or NITINOL wire are proposed as possibilities for initial experimentation. Mr. Basgall also notes that the reactor will accommodate powder formulations of metals that are sometimes used. He notes the wire may be easier for handling and reproducibility.
Nitinol, named for its composition and place of discovery (Nickel Titanium Naval Ordinance Laboratory), has some interesting properties at the lattice level and responses to heat (hence the nickname “Muscle Wire”). ISOTAN44 is obviously of interest as this is the type of wire used by Francesco Celani in his reactor.
Mr. Basgall also proposes using sodium silicide powder for hydrogen production. When combined with water, sodium silicide rapidly produces molecular hydrogen and heat. It has been proposed for use in fuel cells as a part of a hydrogen storage system.
UPDATED 10/29/12: Please note that the sodium silicide produced by SiGNa chemistry is formed by a different process and has properties that allow for a stabilized reaction. Typically produced sodium silicide will explode in water or ignite in air.
11/5/12: Mr. Basgall also informs me that the idea for the sodium silicide was proposed by a physicist member of his team.