Investigation of the heat generator similar to Rossi reactor A.G. Parkhomov
Abstract—This paper describes development and tests of a device that is similar to the well-known hightemperature Rossi reactor. The experiments confirmed that at the temperature about 1100◦C and more this device produces more energy than it consumes. Performed measurements demonstrated no ionized radiation above the background level from the working reactor.
The report of experts, who observed the work of the high-temperature Rossi reactor in Lugano , , indicated that the reactor might represent a ceramic tube, sealed by a heat-resisting cement, with a nickel powder and lithium aluminum hydride addition. In order to initiate the reaction it is necessary to heat the tube up to 1200 – 1400 ◦C. Taking into account this report and making several assumptions, a device has been developed, which can be viewed as analogous to the high-temperature Rossi reactor.
I. Design of the devices Alumina ceramic tubes of 120 mm length with the outer diameter of 10 mm and the inner diameter of 5 mm have been used (Fig. 1). Nichrome wire was winded on the tube as an electric heater. 1 g of Ni powder with 0.1 g Li[AlH4] was placed inside the tube. The thermocouple contacted the outer surface of the tube. Both tube ends were sealed with the heat-resisting cement. The entire reactor’s surface was also coated by this cement.
II. Measurement of heat output The measurement method used by experts during the Rossis reactor test seems to be too complicated. In the described experiment we used another approach, based on the amount of water boiled away. This method is verified multiple times in various experiments, including experiments with plasma electrolysis. The reactor is placed in a closed metal vessel (Fig. 2), which is submerged in the water. Some amount of water is steamed away during the reactor’s work. Measuring the evaporated water and using the known heat of vaporization (2260 kJ/kg), allows calculating the produced heat. The heat loss through the thermal isolation can also be calculated by considering the cooling rate after the reactor is switched off.
Experiments with the replication of the hightemperature Rossi heat generator loaded by a mixture of Ni and lithium aluminum hydride demonstrated that these devices produce more energy than they consume at the temperature about 1100◦C and more. There was no ionized radiation above the background level observed while operating the reactor. Neutron flux density was not larger than 0.2 neutron/cm2 ·s.