2.5 lbs of powered nickel offers a great deal of surface area for heat of
adsorption. Also the nickel powder had been sitting in a vacuum before the
hydrogen gas was added so this would further enhance the adsorption of


On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 3:39 PM, David Roberson <dlrober...@aol.com> wrote:

> Jones,
> Is it possible to find another source to back up what you are describing
> in this event?   A second written record would be fine if available.
> I have not heard of that particular thermal run away reaction that you
> have listed below but would find it interesting to follow up on.  The
> recent negative information that is coming out pertaining to Rossi is
> beginning to concern me and your example seems like just the medicine
> needed to cure that problem.
> It has been my intent to continuing standing by with an open mind until
> the year long test data is released by Rossi or IH and analyzed.  This is
> not an easy position to maintain at this point with all the negativity
> being expressed by Jed and others.
> Thanks,
> Dave
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jones Beene <jone...@pacbell.net>
> To: vortex-l <vortex-l@eskimo.com>
> Sent: Thu, May 19, 2016 2:09 pm
> Subject: [Vo]:Details of the Thermacore runaway in 1996
> Most observers of the LENR/nickel hydride scene are unaware of the details
> of the Thermacore, Inc. runaway reaction back in 1996.
> Unfortunately, this was the last effort that this company made in the
> field, and the main reason that they dropped LENR. The incident echoes
> other thermal runaways, including P&F, Mizuno, Mark Snoswell in Australia
> and Ahern. However, it was far more energetic than any of the prior
> incidents.
> This was to have been an powered experiment but they never had time to
> apply input power. This was was a follow-on to a Phase one grant from USAF
> (document in LENR-CANR library) and was simply intended to be an analysis
> the absorption reaction of a large amount of nickel powder and hydrogen
> at modest pressure. Instead, it was likely the most energetic single
> event in the history of LENR.
> Recently, Brian Ahern has been in contact with Nelson Gernert, the chief
> researcher in the new Thermacore (having gone through two changes of
> ownership) who was also in charge of the runaway. None of this has
> appeared in print before.
> Gernert added 2.5 pounds of nickel powder (200 mesh of Ni-200) into a 3
> liter stainless steel Dewar.  The Dewar weighed 300 pounds. It was a
> strong pressure vessel with a hemispherical volume. Thermacore evacuated
> the nickel under vacuum for several days before adding H2 gas at 2
> atmospheres (apparently there was no potassium but this detail needs to
> be verified).
> The most amazing thing happened next. The powder immediately and spontaneously
> heated before external power could be added. The Dewar glowed orange
> (800C) and the engineers ran for cover. No external heat had been used
> and no radiation monitors were running. The nickel had sintered into a
> glob alloyed into the vessel and could not be removed.
> The (then) owner of Thermacore, Yale Eastman was frightened that an
> explosion was imminent and that someone could be killed. He forbade any
> further work on LENR. The incident was not published.
> The Dewar was no longer safe as a pressure vessel and they junked it.
> They did not measure it for radiation. Superficial thermal analysis - 3
> liters of H2 gas at 2 atmosphere will have a heat of combustion of 74
> kilojoules when combined with oxygen (but there was no oxygen in the
> Dewar).
> Heating a 300 lb Stainless vessel to 800C requires 21 megajoules. That is
> ostensibly 289 times the possible chemical energy!
> Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 10:44:35 -0400
> From: <na...@gwu.edu>*na...@gwu.edu <na...@gwu.edu>*
> To: <ahern_br...@msn.com>*ahern_br...@msn.com <ahern_br...@msn.com>*
> Thanks, Brian.
> I will try to get a complete copy.
> Dave
> On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:41 AM, Brian Ahern < 
> <ahern_br...@msn.com>*ahern_br...@msn.com
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