MFMP Testing Plans Disrupted by Equipment Failure

UPDATE – Feb 4th: The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project’s testing plans for today have been disrupted by a major equipment failure:

Here’s a post from the MFMP Facebook Page:

“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” — Mark Zukerberg
AAARRRGGHH!!! We did not intend to take this inspirational quote so seriously. The Optris thermal camera is dead. It apparently died in the same event that took out the broadcast computer. Once we got another computer set up, we found the camera would not talk. Then we plugged it into two other computers we had tested it with previously. No go. A mouse and at least one web cam seem to be dead as well. Needless to say, we are disappointed and this will change our plans even more. Stay tuned”.

Feb 2nd: I’ve just received a YouTube link to the live test they will be carrying out today.

Here’s the description from the YT video:

“In this first Lugano verification experiment – we will be trying to test the validity of the thermal assessment by Calibration with Thermocouples, emissivity spots, Optris camera, and Williamson Pyrometer.”

Direct link to the video:

  • Mr. Moho

    It looks like their microphone failed too.

    • Bob Greenyer

      Sorry, the I unplugged the camera that was providing the Audio as it was playing up. I will make sure the Audio is coming from the main camera tomorrow. The Glowiness Part 2 SiC video was where we were just “baking out” the SiC element (which we have left on overnight). Tomorrow we will run it up to temperature and calibrate it.

  • Bob Greenyer

    DB Glowiness part 2 – SiC

    We are currently warming up the Silicon Carbide Element, driving off the water. The resistance has dropped from a virgin 9.8 Ohms (22.2ºC) to 4.88 Ohms (170ºC).

  • Mitchell Swartz mentioned a large pile of burnt out (expensive) electronic equipment. Seems the nature of the beast.

  • GreenWin

    These experiments should use a regulated supply via a mains isolation transformer. This would eliminate most grid fluctuations, leaving tech like Active Denial Systems — EM pulses at 95GHz — able to burn out cameras and computers.

  • Bob Greenyer

    DB Glowiness…

    []=Project Dog Bone=[]

    We are back up and running, with a test designed to answer three questions.

    1. How much power can we get into a dog bone
    2. do we see the dummy core “glowing” through this dog bones “fat coil” on standard photos
    3. with a “fat coil” are the internal and external temperatures closer

    The snapshot folder is

    • Nicholas Chandler-Yates

      so no powder test today?

      • Bob Greenyer

        We are preparing cores.

      • Bob Greenyer

        Not today. We do hope to do one tomorrow.

    • Sanjeev

      Can you do the current clamp reversal trick today and see what the PCE display is like ?

      • Bob Greenyer

        We did that today (by accident) on the Dog Bone with the dummy core. It is on the recording of the live feed. It just produced a negative reading as previously reported by another party for that phase. We swapped it round and all was good.

        • Ged

          So not a numerical error; or at least one one wouldn’t notice, but a straight up negative? Interesting too, thank you for the info.

        • Sanjeev

          For single phase it will just show a negative reading with phase angle of 180.
          You will need a 3 phase delta connected load to see what reversal of one of the clamp does. If you remember this was a major criticism of the report.
          So I guess it will need a small setup to check it.

          • Bob Greenyer

            You are right.

    • Ged

      Thank you for this data! Interesting indeed. Can definitely see shadows of the coils in the pictures posted, until it gets too bright and saturates the cam. Seems things only got pushed up to 1 kW input, with temps near 1000 C? That is interesting in and of itself. Was it a failure of components, or just decided to stop there? Guess I just gotta be patient and wait for the write-up, but it’s so fun chewing on this data like a dog with a bone.