Examination of the Strontium Catalysis of Hydrino Reactions in a Capacitively-Coupled Audio-Frequency Cylindrical Plasma Discharge.

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Title: Examination of the Strontium Catalysis of Hydrino Reactions in a Capacitively-Coupled Audio-Frequency Cylindrical Plasma Discharge.
Author: Nowak, Joshua Michael
Advisors: Mohamed Bourham, Committee Chair
Gary Mitchell, Committee Member
John Gilligan, Committee Member
Abstract: Strontium catalysis may be an important aspect of a novel method of power production involving hydrino reactions. These reactions allow for the release of energy from hydrogen atoms as its electron falls to an energy state below the ground state. The thermal behavior of He-H plasmas with and without Sr present was examined. The plasmas were modeled as capacitors using the Drude model for the dielectric constant. The Joule heating of the plasmas was determined and compared with differential thermal energy to see what effect the addition of strontium had on the thermal output. Most results were inconclusive, but it was clear that plasmas with 1.01% H had a marked increase in thermal output when Sr was added. This means that there may be strontium catalysis of the hydrino process in this case and further experimentation should be done to rule out other explanations for this increase.
Date: 2009-05-19
Degree: MS
Discipline: Nuclear Engineering
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/31


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