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Old 03-13-2015, 05:04 AM   #2497712  /  #1
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Default A New Kind of a Russian Nuclear Reactor

A New Kind of a Russian Nuclear Reactor

Link to my article: http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/cf/reactor419.html

Feel free to share it with all who might be interested, especially with students.

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Old 03-13-2015, 12:17 PM   #2497747  /  #2
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We went through this with the Italian gentleman who claimed fusion in a tube.
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:47 PM   #2497803  /  #3
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I think kowalskils point is that it isn't appropriately called fusion.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:45 AM   #2499223  /  #4
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We went through this with the Italian gentleman who claimed fusion in a tube.
The Italian gent, Andrea Rossi, seems to be running a cold fusion (or cold non-fusion) plant producing 1MW of thermal energy at reduced cost over conventional means

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There are photos, even.

So it must be true, no?
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The Italian gent, Andrea Rossi, seems to be running a cold fusion (or cold non-fusion) plant producing 1MW of thermal energy at reduced cost over conventional means

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There are photos, even.

So it must be true, no?
I don't see any photos on that site.

What must be true? That he's making power over unity? No because we still don't know anything about the "fuel" or whether they are taking the cost of the fuel into account.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:41 AM   #2499389  /  #6
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Think some intended irony got lost there, ST.
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could be.

or maybe Rossi could have something that is producing energy at cheaper than grid rates (not counting up front costs). Wind & Solar would also satisfy this condition.

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Old 03-20-2015, 09:24 AM   #2499819  /  #8
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Aleksandr Parkhomov seems to have replicated some aspects of Rossi's claims

Here and several other places on teh web

But then, he's a Russian, so we don't believe him, do we?

I really hope that there's something in all this. Not only because of the obvious potential benefits, but because of the uproar amongst those who think that everything is already known about physics. Much hilarity may ensue.

Meantime, everything is readily available for Basement Engineers to have a go, so I see much work for Fire Departments and emergency rooms
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:42 AM   #2504104  /  #9
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I really hope that there's something in all this. Not only because of the obvious potential benefits, but because of the uproar amongst those who think that everything is already known about physics. Much hilarity may ensue.
The more you hope something is true, the more skeptical you should be of any claim that it is.
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I don't think anyone claimed over unity.
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Yeah, that came from my memory of previous discussions about Rossi.
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I think the issue with rossi is that the energy is more than should be.available chemically. Therefore nuclear. Or something.
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For a long time, the issues were he was keeping his methods secret so nobody could replicate or verify his claims. And wasn't he also promising a model that would "power an average home in about a year" for over a decade, or am I mixing him up with someone else?
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:02 PM   #2504258  /  #14
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I don't think anyone claimed over unity.
They would not need to claim over unity if its just a heat pump. The efficiency is calculated differently because it is moving heat from one place to another, rather than producing it.

These things have been around for a long time. The description of the apparatus sounds very much like a heat pump, cylindrical tube and all, that was developed by NASA in the 1970ís.

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A diagram of the test apparatus is shown in figure 1. The refrigerant was 0.9 kg of gadolinium (Gd), formed in 1 mm thick plates, assembled with 0.5 mm spacing between plates in a cylindrical housing of 304 stainless steel with 5 cm outside diameter and 0.5 mm wall. The refrigerant assembly was suspended motionless at the center of a water-cooled solenoid,2 the field of which can be raised from zero to 7T in 5 seconds and reduced from 7T to less than 0.1T in 6 seconds. The regenerator fluid column, 102 cm long and composed of 50 percent ethanol and 50 percent water, was contained in an insulated glass tube. Copper-constantan thermocouples, soldered onto 1 cm ◊ 10 cm copper strips to increase the thermal contact area, where cemented (epoxied) circumferentially onto the outside of the tube.
I will take a guess that the secret fuel is some isotope of gadolinium.
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