Nelle ultime settimane dalle pagine del blog che Andrea Rossi tiene sul Journal of Nuclear Physics erano giunte notizie piuttosto incoraggianti riguardo il nuovo modello di Hot Cat su cui lui ed il suo team stanno lavorando. Infatti, parlandone con i suoi lettori, Rossi dichiarava che il reattore aveva raggiunto una temperatura di 1380°C, resistendo circa dieci ore a questa temperatura di cui 8 ore in modalita’ di autosostentamento.
Poi evidentemente qualcosa non deve aver funzionato se il nostro inventore ha deciso di distruggerlo e ricrearne un altro con delle correzioni. Sicuramente nelle prossime settimane Rossi ci terra’ aggiornati sull’andamento dei lavori. Ma lasciamo per un momento Andrea Rossi alle prese con il suo Hot Cat.
Vi segnaliamo oggi un evento sempre in tema LENR (e che chiama anche in causa il lavoro che Rossi sta svolgendo con la Industrial Heat). Infatti il 23 settembre 2015 a Teradyne (Massachusetts), dalle 17.30 alle 20.15 circa, il Professor Peter Hagelstein ed il Dr. Louis DeChiaro terranno un incontro dal titolo: On the LENR Phenomena and Potential Applications. L’evento si terra’ presso l’IEEE.
Questo l’Abstract dell’incontro:
“Back in 1989 Fleischmann and Pons astonished the world with a variety of claims involving low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) in electrochemical experiments with palladium and deuterium. The most significant of the claims was for the generation of large amounts of energy, presumed to be of nuclear origin, but without a commensurate amount of energetic nuclear radiation. The existence of such an effect goes against textbook nuclear and solid state physics, and no acceptable explanation was put forth at the time. Most early efforts to replicate the anomalies claimed were unsuccessful. The Fleischmann-Pons Experiment was not accepted by mainstream scientists then and is not accepted today.
Over the years a substantial amount of effort has been put in by groups that were able to replicate the excess heat effect, to make sure that the effect was real, and to gain some understanding. Fleischmann and Pons had argued that the D/Pd loading ratio needed to be high in order to see excess heat; this was found to be the case in experiments that followed. A correlation was found between the excess power produced and the deuterium flux at the cathode surface. In some experiments increased excess heat was seen at elevated temperature. He-4 was observed in the gas phase, correlated with the energy produced, and in amounts consistent with the mass difference (24 MeV) between D2 and He-4.
There is no agreement at present among those in the field as to what physics is involved in these experiments, even though there have been a large number of proposals. We give a brief outline of some of the theoretical ideas currently being contemplated. Progress continues at present, but there are changes in the focus of the research and in the researchers involved. There is at present some interest on the part of investors and industry, stimulated by the possibility of commercial products and the prospect of a new technology. We will review some of the approaches which have been discussed in public in recent years and will summarize the progress reported by the entrepreneur community, including Andrea Rossi (Industrial Heat, Inc.), Dr. Mitchell Swartz (Nanortech, Inc.), and Robert Godes (Brillouin Energy Technologies, Inc.). Finally, we will touch upon the recent status changes at USPTO regarding LENR inventions.”