Skill Set of Some Scientists at the Nasa Glenn Research/PineScie LENR Alternative Energy Conversion Effort

  • I was curious about what skills each scientist participating in the Glenn Research/PineScie LENR Alternative Energy Conversion (AEC) effort brings to the table. A preponderance are engineers specializing in turbo-machinery or rocketry for space and aeronautics. This leads me to believe they are primarily involved in applied engineering of LENR energy for non radioactive nuclear flight.

    Bruce M. Steinetz and Theresa L. Benyo National Aeronautics and Space Administration Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio 44135

    Theresa Benyo is in the Structures and Materials Division; participating in MHD engine design.

    ‘The Effect of MHD Energy Bypass on Specific Thrust for Supersonic Turbojet Engine’…upersonic_Turbojet_Engine

    Abstract: This paper describes the preliminary results of a thermodynamic cycle analysis of a supersonic turbojet engine with a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) energy bypass system that explores a wide range of MHD enthalpy extraction parameters.

    Bruce Steinetz is in the Structures and Materials Division; specializing in seals for turbojets and space applications.

    ‘Full-Scale System for Quantifying Loads and Leak Rates of Seals for Space Applications’…ls_for_Space_Applications

    Paul A. Westmeyer National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington, DC 20546

    Paul Westmeyer has a number of patents, two with NASA.

    ‘System and method for detecting unauthorized device access by comparing multiple independent spatial-time data sets from other devices’ 9749342

    Abstract: An authentication procedure utilizes multiple independent sources of data to determine whether usage of a device, such as a desktop computer, is authorized. When a comparison indicates an anomaly from the base-line usage data, the system, provides a notice that access of the first device is not authorized. Type: Grant. Date of Patent: August 29, 2017. Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Inventors: Frederick J. Krage, Paul A. Westmeyer, Russell F. Wertenberg, Jack F. Riegel.


    Abstract: Nuclear fusion processes with enhanced rates may be realized by providing energetic electrons in an environment containing a suitable fuel gas, a liquid fuel source, a solid fuel source, a plasma fuel source, or any combination thereof. The fuel source may be deuterium, tritium, a combination thereof, or any fuel source capable of creating deeply screened and/or neutral nuclei when exposed to energetic electrons. Under proper conditions, at least some of the deeply screened and/or neutral nuclei fuse with other nuclei. Neutral versions of deuteron and/or triton nuclei may be created by bringing neutrons with certain energy levels (e.g., around 3 MeV, but optionally less or much less than 3 MeV) into interaction with other neutrons, forming neutral versions of deuterons and/or tritons. Such processes may be used for power generation, heat production, nuclear waste remediation, material creation, and/or medical isotope production, for example. Publication date: September 14, 2017. Applicants: PineSci Consulting, NASA Glenn Research Center. Inventors: Vladimir Pines, Marianna Pines, Bruce Steinetz, Arnon Chait, Gustave Fralick, Robert Hendricks, Paul Westmeyer.

    Arnon Chait National Aeronautics and Space Administration Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio 44135

    Arnon Chait participates in Electrostatic Research at GRC aiming to mitigate Martian dust.

    Arnon Chait/GRC Dust Sensor Narayanan Ramachandran/ MSFC Solar Panel Cleaning Vibration system to clean martian dust from solar panels.…Arnon+Chait&commit=Search

    Robert C. Hendricks, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 4413

    Robert Hendricks specializes in turbo machinery and their seals.

    ‘Compliant Turbomachine Sealing’

    Nicholas Penney, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Brook Park, Ohio 44142

    Nicholas Penney specializes in shape memory alloy seals for turbo machinery and space docking.

    ‘Design and Control of a Proof of Concept Active Jet Engine Intake Using Shape Memory Alloy as Actuators’…s/Scanned_NASA_Report.pdf

    Richard E. Martin, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    Richard Martin specializes in: “Nondestructive Evaluation, Structural Health Monitoring, Ceramic & Polymer


  • Please note this from a different NASA LENR energy applied engineering group:

    “MPD Augmentation of a Thermal Air Rocket Utilizing Low Energy Nuclear Reactions” by Roger Lepsch, NASA Langley Research Center; Matt Fischer, National Institute of Aerospace; Christopher Jones, National Institute of Aerospace; Alan Wilhite, National Institute of Aerospace. Presented at the 53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, April 26, 2012

  • Michael D. Becks, Annette M. Marsolais and Tracy R. Kamm

    Of Vantage Partners, LLC - Brook Park, Ohio 44142

    It seems the folks at Vantage are mainly engineers...

    Applied engineering of new technologies is what they do.

    I'd like to find out more about these three individuals.

    Hall Effect Thruster (electric space drive) powered by nuclear dense LENR...

    Mars in 30 days.

    Quote: Vantage Partners, LLC (Vantage) under the sole leadership and management of Vantage Systems, Inc. (the managing and controlling joint venture member) continues an accomplished legacy of providing exceptional technical services to NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, OH. Vantage is the premier engineering and technical services provider at NASA GRC. We provide a wide array of multi-disciplinary engineering solutions for aeronautic and space vehicles as well as project management, scheduling, design and configuration management personnel. - end quotes

    August 23, 2017

    Vantage Employees recognized by NASA Invention of the Year Awards

    Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Life Extension

    NASA Glenn Research Center’s Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Life Extension Invention received Honorable Mention for the NASA Invention of the Year. Invented by Vantage Partners (VPL) employee Dr. Peter Peterson and four of his colleagues, this technology greatly prolongs the operational lifetime of the HET space propulsion engine. The novel design uses magnetic shielding to prevent the ionized xenon plasma that propels the HET from damaging the walls of the ceramic discharge channel where the plasma is accelerated. With this innovation, NASA can take advantage of the energy savings that come from the HET’s solar electric propulsion system (which offers ten times the fuel efficiency of chemical systems) to undertake such ambitious missions as the Journey to Mars.

    Please refer to the following link for additional information on the HET Life Extension invention:

  • Vladimir Pines and Marianna Pines, PineSci Consulting, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

    Vladimir Pines NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland Ohio

    Vladimir Pines specializes in plasmas, dusty plasmas, dendrites...

    Research (NASA)

    • Lofted charged dust distribution above the Moon surface (2011)
    • Kinetic theory of sheath formation in solar wind plasma
    • Charging of dust grains by anisotropic solar wind multi-component plasma
    • Interactions of solar wind plasma with dust grains: Effects of strong plasma anisotropy
    • Pressure-mediated effects on thermal dendrites
    • Stochastic diffusion interactions and coarsening in a system of droplets growing from a supersaturated gas mixture
      Phase transition dynamics of liquid phase precipitation from a supersaturated gas mixture
    • Postnucleation droplet growth in supersaturated gas with arbitrary vapor concentration
    • Data and Modeling of Dendrites Subject to A Step Change in Pressure (TDSE)
    • Dendritic crystal growth dynamics
    • The Transient Dendritic Solidification Experiment (TDS)
    • Observations of several characteristic transient times in pressure moderated thermal dendrites
    • The Transient Dendritic Growth Experiment - Pressure mediated dendritic growth
    • Equiaxed dendritic solidification in supercooled melts
    • Dynamic scaling in dendritic growth: Significance of the initial nucleus size
    • Anomaly in dendritic growth data - Effect of density change upon solidification
    • Nonlinear Dynamics and Nucleation Kinetics in Near-Critical Liquids
    • Dynamic scaling in dendritic growth
    • Thermal diffusion dominated dendritic growth - An analysis of the wall proximity effect
    • Solitary wave generation during solidification
    • Surface tension anisotropy and cell-like structure formation in free solidification
    • Time Dependent Aspects of SolidificationTime development of a perturbed-spherical nucleus in a pure supercooled liquid. I. Power-law growth of morphological instabilities
    • Time development of a perturbed-spherical nucleus in a pure supercooled liquid. II. Nonlinear development

    Vladimir Pines's scientific contributions (2017)…2125545428_Vladimir_Pines

    Article: Experimental Observations of Nuclear Activity in Deuterated Materials Subjected to a Low-Energy Photon Beam

    Article: Investigation of Deuterium-Loaded Materials Subject to X-Ray Exposure

  • This is a long list of qualifications. But why is it that the people engaged in LENR research invariably lack deeper knowledge in the subjects that to me seem indispensable in order to conduct meaningful research in a branch that concerns nuclear reactions, specifically quantum mechanics and particle physics? And what does this indicate for the prospects of success?

  • ...why is it that the people engaged in LENR research invariably lack deeper knowledge in the subjects that to me seem indispensable in order to conduct meaningful research in a branch that concerns nuclear reactions, specifically quantum mechanics and particle physics?

    Theresa Benyo, Vladimir Pines, Arnon Chait, and Paul Westmeyer are not lacking in the skills you mention... in fact a knowledge of quantum mechanics and particle physics may not be sufficient for success. Consider also that any knowledge or understanding that is needed is certainly available at Glenn Research Center or other DOD LENR labs. Certainly the folks at JWK or GEC (Lawrence Forsely are experienced in quantum mechanics and particle physics. What could possibly be missing? Knowledge of nanophysics, dusty plasmas, and electro magnetic control... they got it all hands down.

  • I still have a few more PineScie participants to research... we'll see what comes up.

    I'd like to find out more about PineScie Consulting, their Glenn Research teams... also Paul Westmeyer.

    All in all... I believe this group has improved on the earlier works of the SPAWAR LENR group... also incorporating knowledge gained by other groups working on scaleability and control of working LENR reactors. I'm sure the Glenn/PineScie team has one already.

    Now they are improving the reactor and working to apply LENR energy to mechanical systems.

  • The door is open and wedge,

    ... we get a better look inside.

    Mystery or Knot Science

    Mystery is a knot – Intertwining

    Science is an art – Unraveling

    Love is life – Learning

    Love is lattice – Vibration

    Love is source – Energizing

    Love is world – Operation

    Love is air - Breathe

    Love is energy - Live

    Love is water - Drink

    Love is earth - Rebirth

    Love Art of Science

    Right of Well Being

    Essence of Spirit

    Heart Matter

    The be all

    The end



    Cold Fusion





  • From SpaceRef

    NASA Solicitation: Scientific Analysis of Solar Wind Plasma Charged Dust on the Moon

    Status Report From: Glenn Research Center

    Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

    Synopsis - Dec 18, 2009

    General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNC10321126Q

    Posted Date: Dec 18, 2009

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 18, 2009

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Jan 08, 2010

    Current Response Date: Jan 08, 2010

    Classification Code: A -- Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 541712 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

    Set-Aside Code: Total Small Business

    Contracting Office Address

    NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


    NASA/GRC has a requirement for a specialized scientific analysis related to the development of a theory including an estimation of certain properties of Solar Wind Plasma Charged Dust on the Moon. The length of the study is nine months.

    NASA/GRC intends to purchase the items from PineSci Consulting and its principal Dr. Vladimir Pines. Dr. Pines has recently developed the first lunar specific aspects of solar wind plasma, as well as worked on the fundamentals of dusty plasma transport and control. Dr. Pines has published in the fields of statistical physics, phase transitions, and plasma physics. Two of his most recent and relevant studies were published in the Journal of Advances in Space Research for the past two years. The analysis required will enable NASA to understand charged dust behavior on the moon, a key issue identified by NASA as potential mission hazard.

    Dr. Pines has also developed the first micro-macro description of the microphysics of cloud formation - a task uniquely suitable for the conduct of the present technical program of Lunar Dust Mitigation. Since Dr. Pines is the sole developer of the theory that underlies the techniques of statistical description of such micro-macro processes, he is the only suitable vendor to develop the required set of equations and models for this Lunar Dust Mitigation Project.

    The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

    Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on January 8, 2010. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

    Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

    All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

    An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note "B".

    Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

    Point of Contact

    Name: Brunilda DeJesus

    Title: Contract Specialist

    Phone: 216-433-2789

    Fax: 216-433-5489

    Email: [email protected]

  • My intuition is that LENR will be represented... Who can attend or report whether or not this comes true?

    NASA Advisory Council Technology, Innovation and Engineering Committee Meeting


    Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

    Location: , Greenbelt, MD US, 20771

    [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 43 (Monday, March 5, 2018)] [Notices] [Page 9339] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [] [FR Doc No: 2018-04428]


    [Notice (18-018)]

    NASA Advisory Council; Technology, Innovation and Engineering Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Technology, Innovation and Engineering Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Monday, March 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Building 34, Conference Room 120A, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20771.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Green, Designated Federal Officer, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4710, or [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of the room. This meeting is also available telephonically and by WebEx. You must use a touch-tone phone to participate in this meeting. Any interested person may dial the toll free access number 1-844-467-6272, and then the numeric participant passcode 102421 followed by the # sign. The WebEx link is, the meeting number is 998 825 779, and the password is Technology18* (case sensitive). Note: If dialing in, please ``mute'' your telephone. The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics:

    --Welcome to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    --NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate Update and FY 2019 President's Budget Proposal

    Attendees will be requested to sign a register and to comply with NASA security requirements. Visitors must show a valid state or federal issued picture ID, green card or passport before receiving an access badge to enter GSFC and must state that they are attending the NAC's Technology, Innovation and Engineering Committee meeting in Building 34. All U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents (green card holders) seeking to attend must provide their full name, company affiliation (if applicable) and citizenship to Ms. Anyah Dembling via email at [email protected] or by telephone at (202) 358-5195 no later than close of business on March 15, 2018. Foreign Nationals must provide the following information: Full name, gender, date/place of birth, citizenship, home address, visa information (number, type, expiration date), passport information (number, country of issue, expiration date), employer/affiliation information (name of institution, title/ position, address, country of employer, telephone, email address), and an electronically scanned or faxed copy of their passport and visa to Anyah Dembling via email at [email protected] or by fax at (202) 358-4078 no later than close of business on March 7, 2018. If the above information is not received by the noted dates, attendees should expect a minimum delay of two (2) hours. All visitors to this meeting will report to the GSFC Main Gate where they will be processed through security prior to entering GSFC. For security questions on the day of the meeting, please contact Shawn Watts at (301) 286-5282 or [email protected]. It is imperative that this meeting be held on this day to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.

    Patricia D. Rausch, Advisory Committee Management Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. [FR Doc. 2018-04428 Filed 3-2-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510-13-P

  • Study this NASA document and it seems that this LENR energy group, at NASA GRC, has been working on this long before December 2015.

    Also note "NASA Terms: Energy Sources, Alternatives, Nuclear, Spacecraft Power Supplies, Manned Mars Missions, Deep Space"; these are clues as to where this is going. -gbgoble2018


    This Revised Copy, numbered as NASA/TM—2015-218491/REV1, February 2017, supersedes the previous version, NASA/TM—2015-218491, December 2015, in its entirety. - end quote

    Investigation of Deuterium Loaded Materials Subject to X-Ray Exposure…

    Author and Affiliation:

    Benyo, Theresa L. (NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)

    Steinetz, Bruce M. (NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)

    Hendricks, Robert C. (NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)

    Martin, Richard E. (Cleveland State Univ., Cleveland, OH, United States)

    Forsley, Lawrence P. (JWK International Co., Annandale, VA, United States)

    Daniels, Christopher C. (Akron Univ., Akron, OH, United States)

    Chait, Arnon (NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)

    Pines, Vladimir (Pinesci Consulting, Avon Lake, OH, United States)

    Pines, Marianna (Pinesci Consulting, Avon Lake, OH, United States)

    Penney, Nicholas (Ohio Aerospace Inst., Brook Park, OH, United States)

    Kamm, Tracy R. (Vantage Partners, LLC, Cleveland, OH, United States)

    Becks, Michael D. (Vantage Partners, LLC, Cleveland, OH, United States)


    Results are presented from an exploratory study involving x-ray irradiation of select deuterated materials. Titanium deuteride plus deuterated polyethylene, deuterated polyethylene alone, and for control, hydrogen-based polyethylene samples and nondeuterated titanium samples were exposed to x-ray irradiation. These samples were exposed to various energy levels from 65 to 280 kV with prescribed electron flux from 500 to 9000 µA impinging on a tungsten braking target, with total exposure times ranging from 55 to 280 min. Gamma activity was measured using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector, and for all samples no gamma activity above background was detected. Alpha and beta activities were measured using a gas proportional counter, and for select samples beta activity was measured with a liquid scintillator spectrometer. The majority of the deuterated materials subjected to the microfocus x-ray irradiation exhibited postexposure beta activity above background and several showed short-lived alpha activity. The HPE and nondeuterated titanium control samples exposed to the x-ray irradiation showed no postexposure alpha or beta activities above background. Several of the samples (SL10A, SL16, SL17A) showed beta activity above background with a greater than 4s confidence level, months after exposure. Portions of SL10A, SL16, and SL17A samples were also scanned using a beta scintillator and found to have beta activity in the tritium energy band, continuing without noticeable decay for over 12 months. Beta scintillation investigation of as-received materials (before x-ray exposure) showed no beta activity in the tritium energy band, indicating the beta emitters were not in the starting materials.

    Publication Date: Feb 01, 2017

    Document ID: 20170002544 (Acquired Mar 27, 2017)

    Subject Category: NUCLEAR PHYSICS

    Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2015-218491/REV1, E-19039, GRC-E-DAA-TN31041

    Document Type: Technical Report

    Publication Information: (SEE 20160000346)

    Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNC13BA10B; WBS 161682.

    Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH United States

    Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH United States

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  • Greg,

    I for one, and probably Ahlfors...since he is the one to uncover this NASA/JWK/GEC/SPAWAR/Pines connection, just can not figure out how this Vladimir Pines, at his age, has become so important to the NASA program, such that they (NASA), evoke national security to "one bid" his contract again? So many questions, so few answers. Nice reporting, but obviously the NASA/LENR world is not going to give up it's deeper secrets willingly.

  • If you mix up photons with electrons :thumbdown:

    I know already... watch out the electron might just spit that photon back at you.

    I for one, and probably Ahlfors...since he is the one to uncover this NASA/JWK/GEC/SPAWAR/Pines connection, just can not figure out how this Vladimir Pines, at his age, has become so important to the NASA program, such that they (NASA), evoke national security to "one bid" his contract again? So many questions, so few answers. Nice reporting, but obviously the NASA/LENR world is not going to give up it's deeper secrets willingly.

    Thanks extended to both Ahlfors and you for relevant leads.

    I look to scratching my head over this for quite some time... how does the study of moon dust further the field of LENR?

    I expect some of you physicists to see the connection and help me out here; I'll take a stab at it. Let me know what you think.

    Ahlfors   axil

    From 1990 through 2011 Vladimir Pines studied and modeled dendrites; primarily he studied and modeled solar plasma winds impacting the moon and their affect on lunar dust, as well as worked on the fundamentals of dusty plasma transport and control. In 2009 NASA bought these models from him... In order to mitigate moon dust? For dusty plasma transport and control? To understand charged dust behavior? To aid in modeling control/performance of LENR?

    Since 2011 or shortly thereafter NASA and PineScie realized these items could be applied to understand and model the nuclear reactive environment of LENR. Lawrence Forsely and others were brought in... followed by years of reactor design and patent writing.

    I cringe at the thought of this headline and the negative affect it would have on the field.

    STUDY OF MOONDUST AIDS LENR - No more kidding around

    (comment #13)

    NASA Solicitation: Scientific Analysis of Solar Wind Plasma Charged Dust on the Moon (From 2009)


    NASA/GRC intends to purchase the items from PineSci Consulting and its principal Dr. Vladimir Pines. Dr. Pines has recently developed the first lunar specific aspects of solar wind plasma, as well as worked on the fundamentals of dusty plasma transport and control. Dr. Pines has published in the fields of statistical physics, phase transitions, and plasma physics. Two of his most recent and relevant studies were published in the Journal of Advances in Space Research for the past two years. The analysis required will enable NASA to understand charged dust behavior on the moon, a key issue identified by NASA as potential mission hazard.

  • Thanking a friend for pointing me to this lead, the skills of Annette M. Marsolais, Vantage Partners LLC. She is an engineer who specializes in microstructural and compositional characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. She worked at the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials as an instructor and demonstrator.

    As a fully trained user she is permitted independent access to the lab which has this equipment.

    Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

    - FEI Quanta 3D Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope with Focused Ion Beam and XEDS

    - FEI Nova Nanolab 200 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope with Focused Ion Beam, XEDS and EBSD

    - FEI Helios 650 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope with Focused Ion Beam with XEDS

    Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

    - FEI Tecnai F30 300kV Transmission Electron Microscope

    X-Ray Diffraction

    - Bruker Discover D8 with VANTEC-500 solid state detector (2D)

    - Bruker Discover D8 (1D)

    Surface Analysis

    - PHI 680 Scanning Auger Microprobe

    - PHI Versaprobe 5000 X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy/ESCA

    - PHI TRIFT V nanoTOF Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (TOF-SIMS)

    Atomic Force and Scanning Probe Microscopy/Nanoindentation

    - Agilent G200 Nanoindenter

    - Veeco Dimension 3100 Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

    Optical Microscopy

    - Olympus FV1000 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

    - Keyence Olympus VHX 5000

    Specimen Preparation

    - Gatan Ilion+ Ion Polisher

    - Gatan PIPS

    - Fischione Nanomill



    The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials is one of Case Western Reserve University’s largest core facilities, providing a variety of instrumentation for the microstructural and compositional characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. The Center’s equipment is complemented by a staff of professionals who are available to assist and train academic, research, and commercial users.

    Fully trained users are permitted independent access to the lab, while users with particularly difficult samples or those who are unsure how to obtain the best possible data can utilize the services of a staff expert. Some of the routine services offered include guidance with sample preparation, technical assistance to obtain data, and data analysis. Each year more than 250 individual researchers from the academic, non-profit, and commercial sectors utilize the Center. From providing access to equipment that would otherwise not be available to startup companies to training industrial users how to efficiently extract useful information, the Center for Surface Analysis of Materials supports regional economic growth. - end quotes

    © 2018 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 216.368.2000

    Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials

    10900 Euclid Ave ( White Building 418), 216.368.3868

    Now I'd like to understand what skills Tracy Kamm brings to the table. She's also with Vantage Partners, so far all I find is this, (thanking) ...Tracy Kamm, and Dave Hervol for database and record support.

  • Michael Becks, Vantage Partners LLC, is an engineer who specializes in mechanical system test and analysis. His experience gives the GRC/PineScie/VantagePartners LENR research team intimate access to the world's largest space environment simulation chamber.

    Michael Becks

    Mansfield, Ohio Area - ‎Mechanical Engineer - ‎Vantage Partners LLC

    "While lead engineer on the Cryoshroud Refurbishment Project for the Space Power Facility at NASA Plum Brook Station, my responsibilities included analysis of the Cryofloor Transfer Cart to ensure it was capable of supporting the Orion MPCV. I was also responsible for analyzing the Cryowall Panel Support Structure to ..."

    NASA AeroSpace Frontiers, Volume 16, Issue 6, June 2014…/files/AFJune_2014(2).pdf

    Orion's First Test Flight (page 2)

    Orion Program Commendation Awards

    Mike Becks - Cyroschroud Refurbishment Team

    NASA Michael Becks

    NASA Associate Administrators Awards 2014

    ERA Project and ITD Teams, ARC, AFRC, GRC & LaRC Winners - Michael Becks…ards-2015-era-winners.htm

    The Cyroshroud at the Plum Brook Space Power Facility (SPF) test chamber.


    • Variable geometry
    • Can be configured inside the test chamber
    • Cryoshroud is 12.80 m wide by 24.38 m long (42 by 80 ft) with a 6.71-m (22-ft) height
    • Alternate configuration—12.19-m- (40-ft)-diameter cylinder by 12.19 m (40 ft) tall
    • Ten individual zones with separate temperature control
    • Temperatures from ambient to –156.67°C (–250°F)
    • Temperature transition of 0.56°C (1°F) per min

    Space Power Facility

    The Space Power Facility (SPF) houses the world’s largest and most powerful space environment simulation facilities. The Space Simulation Vacuum Chamber is the world’s largest, measuring 30.5 m (100 ft) in diameter by 37.2 m (122 ft) high. The Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility (RATF) is the world’s most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chamber, and the Mechanical Vibration Facility (MVF) is the world’s highest capacity and most powerful spacecraft shaker system. The SPF is located at the NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. This website provides information on the capabilities of this facility and the supporting infrastructure. The facility is available on a full-cost reimbursable basis to government, universities and the private sector.

    On a side note, Vantage Partners participates in NEAT at NASA Plum Brook Station.

    Perhaps useful for the NASA SUGAR - LENR Phase lll program or the NASA/PineScie end goal.

    'X-57 Maxwell [SCEPTOR] Project'…nfiguration-23Oct2017.pdf

    Testing conducted October 2016

    NASA, Glenn Research Center

    Plum Brook Station, Ohio

    NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) Facility

    Traction Bus Wire, EMI/EMC, Test Report Summary

    Traction Bus Conductor Evaluation Test Team Members

    Support Resource:

    Ying C Cha (GRC/LED0) [Vantage Partners, LLC]

    NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) Facility, Test Lead Electrical Engineer

    H Olar (GRC/LSS0) [Vantage Partner, LLC]

    NEAT Software Engineer

    Michael D Herlacher (GRC/LED0) [Vantage Partner, LLC]
    Electrical Engineer IV, EMI Engineering

    NASA Electric Aircraft Test Bed (NEAT) Development Plan - Design, Fabrication, Installation 2016

    As large airline companies compete to reduce emissions, fuel, noise, and maintenance costs, it is expected that more of their aircraft systems will shift from using turbofan propulsion, pneumatic bleed power, and hydraulic actuation, to instead using electrical motor propulsion, generator power, and electrical actuation. This requires new flight-weight and flight-efficient powertrain components, fault tolerant power management, and electromagnetic interference mitigation technologies. Moreover, initial studies indicate some combination of ambient and cryogenic thermal management and relatively high bus voltages when compared to state of practice will be required to achieve a net system benefit. Developing all these powertrain technologies within a realistic aircraft architectural geometry and under realistic operational conditions requires a unique electric aircraft testbed. This report will summarize existing testbed capabilities located in the U.S. and details the development of a unique complementary testbed that industry and government can utilize to further mature electric aircraft technologies.


  • Alan Smith

    You are most welcome. If any of this GRC/PineScie/Venture/JWK/SPAWAR LENR group is relevant to Rossi, in my opinion, it lends credence that the 'cold fusion' puzzle has indeed been cracked and fine tuned. Has Rossi cracked it? I think so. Also credence to the thought that fusion does occur in the lattice, though it may be in nano locations where temps are as hot as the sun (sort-of-as in cavitation); which would mean this could hardly be 'cold' fusion. Pardon me I'm a lay-person.

    I'm surprised where this skill set query led to... applied engineering. Though it could be argued that each person's skills were only turned to perfecting a functioning, reliable, adequate and applicable LENR energy reactor. I would consider the argument frivolous, as it would be a frivolous and wasteful utilization if one limited the use of this large skill set to such a small endeavor.

    Will we see LENR flight before we see a home/consumer certified E-Cat (LENR device)?

    These folks' skills (and resources) cause me to believe so. I rank the possibility into three categories. We will have LENR spaceflight first. We will see military flight second (we may have it before we see it). We will have commercial LENR aircraft soon afterwards. Concurrent with all of this we will see both industrial and power plant use of LENR energy. Finally we will see LENR powered consumer products and a home certified E-Cat unit.

    This may all end up taking place in a surprisingly short time frame.

    I appreciate editing suggestions, advice and relevant leads. (415) 548-3735

    I've decided to fold this skill set information into:

    'United States Government LENR Energy 2018'…18-a-review-of-1822335542

    Reviewing twenty five years of U.S. funded ‘cold fusion’ projects including patents, contracts, publications and public/private sector partnership efforts towards LENR energy applied engineering and LENR energy commercialization.

    Of course, it may take a bit of time to do so. :/

  • Surprise ...

    Another excuse... I'm blond. It's nice having a reason others can understand. How about you H-G Branzell what's your reasoning? Anything to add to this? Some deep and profound thoughts about this work perhaps? Go ahead... take another shot at it. Surprise me. Or is that all you've got? That would be... there's not another 'surprise' from you for me.

    A sad state of affairs. Or not?

    Surprise! I love you!

    Don't strain. (except in the nuclear reactive environment of LENR research)

    Don't be shy.


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  • Greg,

    Don't let H-G get under your skin. You are doing some good research here trying to put the pieces together. You can expect a few pot shots from the skeps, especially so when they have skills, and knowledge we amateur scientists lack. It's a "professional" thing, and really, when you think about it, understandable. So try and not take it personal.

    I myself have ventured too far into the science before, and triggered a little pushback. But stick with it...sometime the perspective of a novice can open their eyes to something they may have missed before. That is especially true when it comes to LENR.

  • BG said: Shane D. I'm fairly sure I remember a few LENR scientists pondering over apparent nano locations in the nuclear reactive environment of LENR where temperatures may indeed approach those found in the sun.

    The sun has 150g/cc (150 X water) and temperature 150,000,000C

    The Lawson criterion has fusion scaling as particle density squared (for obvious and general reasons). Futhermore the sun core is mostly H & He, whereas metal lattices (however you slice it) have an H or D density lower than the lattice density, which is upped by the much larger mass of the metal nuclei.

    So based purely on temperature and pressure, as BG finds indicative evidence, the comparison falls 20,000 X short.

    But it is worse than that. The fusion rate in the sun is 280W/m^3, or 3mW/cc. These nano locations make up only a small fraction of the volume of an electrode - let us say 10%. So we have a solar equivalent rate (if as good as sun) of 0.3mW/cc.

    That is pathetic - and of course the factor of 20,000 reduces this to 15nW/cc or 15mW/m^3.

    What does this tells us?

    (1) analogies with the sun are irrelevant. All LENR as claimed is way more power dense than the sun core, and the sun core is way more particle dense than NAEs

    (2) BG is suffering apophenia in the comment above.