Russ Gries – LENR Research Apparatus

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Russ Gries of RWG Research and Quantum Gravity Research, has released an excellent video of his work in developing a highly sensitive calorimetry system for studying LENR.  Russ’ calibrations show the system to be accurate to within 2mw.  The system is setup to run either deuterium or hydrogen and will also include the ability to detect alpha particle emissions.  The instrumentation and control is handled by National Instruments Labview software.

This apparatus is not for Rossi style work, but rather near room temperature work.  Russ is doing important work, and I look forward to seeing how his experiments progress.

Russ is seeking feedback here.

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4 Responses to Russ Gries – LENR Research Apparatus

  1. Bob Cook says:

    I would add additional instrumentation to be able to monitor and change ambient magnetic and electric fields that exist at the active reaction location. If possible the frequency of the changing fields should also be controllable as best as is possible. If quadrapole induced fields are possible within the scope of the test apparatus, They should also be applied to evaluate their effects, if any.

    Radiation monitors are desirable, especially coincident monitors for gammas and neutron monitors. Muon monitoring would also be desirable, if within Russ’s budget as Axil suggests. Soft x-ray monitoring would also be desirable via x-ray windows built into the apparatus.

    The coordination of magnetic vectors with respect to the suspected active site orientation would be desirable.

    Given the idea that there are 22 variables that can effect LENR, is important to keep in mind and to try to control as many as possible in the test setup.

  2. Jones Beene says:

    Nice setup. The attempt to become super accurate with heat measurement has come with the downside of lack of flexibility with the size of a reactor which can be tested. But the most important thing is this: If Russ sees thermal gain, it should be believable. Let’s hope that happens.

    The perfect kind of experiment for this box is something like Dennis Cravens experiment at NI Week – which was the two spheres – one active and one control (active material) which showed significant excess heat with very low input. That experiment can be improved on with this setup. I can imagine seeing thermal gain with zero input now.

    Let me digress to mention a shortcut to proving gain, which has come up recently following Rossi’s claim of electrical output with the X-Cat. It is apparently possible (if you believe Rossi) to design a much simpler “all or nothing” system which is guaranteed gainful if and only if it produces electrical current. Actually it could be almost as simple as putting the “glow stick” in a Dewar and changing the circuitry. That experimental design should best be left for another thread, since if does not help here.

    I mention it only because over the years, it has become clear that no matter how good your calorimetry is, there will be doubt when the gain is low… and most likely it will be low when the input is low, which apparently is another limitation of Russ’ box. Nevertheless, he is in a great position to made a contribution if he can replicate and improve a little on Craven’s results.

    One way to improve would be to add LAH to the fuel mix, assuming once again that Rossi is believable.

    • Jack Cole says:

      Good ideas and suggestions Jones. I think Russ will be doing Pd D work with this testing out a specific theory.

      It would indeed be interesting if the gain would be expressed in an either or manner (either heat or electricity).

  3. I cannot judge the details, but the idea to start by good calorimeter and good bench to test ideas is great engineering.

    Only when you can calibrate perfectly a COP=1, can you seriously play with LENR and be taken seriously by skeptics.

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