NASA on generating Neutrons

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NASA on generating Neutrons

Post by bpaddock » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:18 pm

I'll admit right up front I'm not sure this is on topic, if not please (re)move it. Thought it was worth bringing up due to the NASA connection to making Neutrons.

In a video on NASA's Technology Gateway they are discussion Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (AKA Cold Fusion). The video clearly discusses generating Neutrons to use to heat your house:

"NASA's Method for a Clean Nuclear Energy For Your Power Operated Technology"
http://technologygateway.nasa.gov/media ... /lenr.html

At time mark 1:55 they show this work is based on work from the Navy.
Some of those early reports may be found here, from 2002:
http://www.spawar.navy.mil/sti/publicat ... 2-vol1.pdf
http://www.spawar.navy.mil/sti/publicat ... 2-vol2.pdf

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Re: NASA on generating Neutrons

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:19 pm

This is more in the theory realm or "other forms of fusion" forum stuff. This is a measurement, hard facts, how-to forum for the most part.

This is not a going technology. The old papers from 2002 are interesting, but nothing has come of it for all that. A lot of this new energy material, fusion pronouncements and the like are all so much a flash in the pan, but with no powder or ball in the bore.

Any commentary on this topic should now be moved to another of the forums noted under a new thread title.

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Re: NASA on generating Neutrons

Post by Dan Tibbets » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:05 pm

The Navy research was interesting, but there was criticism that the pits in the plastic detector could have been due to chemical reactions (chlorine ions in the electrolyte). Indeed, subsequent research has shown such pits without deuterium. While not absolutely conclusive, it was felt that the findings were probably due to these chemical reactions.

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