Alan Smith of Lookingforheat.com has posted a short slideshow on the LFH website which shows the many variables involved in any possible nickel-lithium-hydrogen LENR reaction. The full document can be read here: http://www.lookingforheat.com/lenr-the-experimental-space/
Alan provides a list of some of the important variables in the categories of Reactor Parameters, Fuel and Pre-treatment, and Heat and Power, and calculates that there are around 3,600 variables involved in the build and experimentation of a Rossi-type reactor, making it a hard task to hit the sweet spot. He writes:
Thus it becomes obvious that without the luxury of a big team, a dedicated workspace and large
budget -the nuclear physics equivalent an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters – the
successful creation of a working LENR system – involves attempting to minimise the unknowns
by careful study of the available patents and papers to create a practical and logical series of
experiments where only one parameter is varied each time. Careful record keeping and data
Logging thus becomes a ‘must do’.
We have seen now many E-Cat replication attempts turn up with either marginal or no excess heat at all — illustrating the point that Alan is making. On the other hand there have been some experimenters who have reported clear success in obtaining excess heat in some experiments (e.g. Parkhomov, Songsheng Jiang, Stepanov), which give an indication that it is not an impossible task. But Alan’s point regarding consistent, systematic experimentation with careful record keeping is critical if we are to narrow down the parameters for success. It’s a big task and not easy to do with a dispersed community of replicators speaking different languages and with different motivations. Is it possible to have the coordination and cooperation needed for open-source researchers to crack the code behind the Rossi effect?