Experimental Plans for Replication
|January 14, 2015||Posted by Jack Cole under Andrea Rossi, E-Cat, Hobbyist LENR|
As noted in the report from yesterday on our recent replication attempt, there remain some issues to be clarified before there is more certainty about the results. The following are issues I have identified with the previous study that need clarification through experimentation.
1. One end of the tube was not sealed during the calibration run. This was a necessity for loading the fuel. It is unknown to what extent this contributed to the apparent excess heating (although it must be less than 50% based on the fact that the excess heating dropped by approximately that amount during an extended run).
2. There is a question about the possibility of the chemical reaction producing hydrogen as contributing to the excess heating. Whereas the reaction is exothermic, I have not seen this reaction last more than an hour in previous experiments. It seems unlikely, but it is better to have certainty about the matter.
3. It must be repeatable to demonstrate the method works and to allow for replication.
The plan is to address these questions empirically rather than by performing calculations. The following experiments are proposed to address the issues noted above.
A. A simple replication of the previous experiment to demonstrate whether the results can be repeated. A modification may be used for the active run keeping it at 70W input power to allow for a longer run by reducing stress on the resistance wire.
B. A replication of the complete methods without the inclusion of nickel in the fuel. This will address the issue of the extent to which the exothermic chemical reaction for hydrogen production contributed to the excess heating. This will also address the issue noted in #1 since the experiment will account for the chemical reaction and the effect of having both ends sealed.
A new reactor tube has been fashioned and the control run has commenced. We should have results for Experiment A within a day or two.