Calorimetry System for Joule Heating Driven Reactor: Updated 2 – Leak Test Completed
|May 11, 2015||Posted by Jack Cole under Alexander Parkhomov, E-Cat, Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project|
Here is a small update on the research progress. No experiments have been run for awhile since there was some sensor failure with the induction/calorimetry system. In the meantime, new meters were received and work has commenced on a new calorimeter for use with a reactor driven by joule heating.
Flow and energy meters from EKM metering will be used for measuring energy input and water flow. Water temperature will be measured immediately before and after entering the custom heat exchanger which surrounds the reaction tube. The heat exchanger tube has a brass internal pipe (good thermal conductor), and a galvanized steel external pipe. The water flows through the chamber between these two pipes to collect heat from the reactor.
There are a few plumbing parts needed to finish the reactor and new temperature sensors from Atlas Scientific will be arriving for measuring the water temperature. Next steps include finishing the build, testing for leaks, connecting the control system, connecting the Internet to the measuring meters, and performing a control run. Assuming all of this goes well, an active run will be performed with current stocks of nickel powder and LAH. After this has been performed, an active run will be performed with the Parkhomov nickel powder supplied by Bob Greenyer of MFMP (a big thank you to MFMP).
Update 1: There are two more parts needed (temperature sensors), which will be delivered soon. After the temperature sensors are installed, the system can be leak tested.
Update 2 (5/13/15): The leak test was completed successfully (after fixing several leaks and problems).