Peculiarities of hydrogen absorption – Nd90Fe10

Peculiarities of hydrogen absorption – Nd90Fe10

 

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  • Simon Derricutt

    This could be a useful experiment in finding out the mechanism of LENR, if indeed it is LENR. It looks like it’s not going to be useful as a power-producing reaction, since the structures that are active get destroyed in the process, but it seems that somewhere between the start-point material and the end-point there is an intermediate structure that may be conducive to LENR. If we can deduce what that structure is, and reproduce it in a way that doesn’t get destroyed, the result may be *interesting*.

    I don’t see any evidence here of transmutation, or of measurements of any possible radiation. Given the amount of heat produced was only around 10x chemical, any nuclear effects would be at a very low level anyway, but it’s a little disappointing that no attempt seems to have been made to detect them. We can’t just assume it’s LENR and thus no radiation will occur, since the actual reaction is somewhat obscure at the moment. This could instead be an unknown chemical reaction with the energy coming from the bond-length changes during the effective phase-change associated with the Hydrogen addition.

    If this is effectively a phase-change reaction, then if we can find a way to return the end-product back to the starting-point using little or no energy, it could be used to produce heat commercially. With the material costs being high, and the material somewhat difficult to make (at least in the way they make it), it seems there’s a big hurdle to get over. If instead it is LENR we have the same problem of keeping enough active sites working to keep heat coming, though maybe pressure and heat cycling could do a lot of this.

    It may be possible to make the required alloy mechanically, using cheap Neodymium magnets and some powdered Iron in a ball-mill for a day or two in an Argon atmosphere. If so, that would dramatically cut the cost of doing it and would also enable the garage inventor to have a try at making something that worked. The amorphous nature of the alloy implies that this approach should be valid.