Accession Number : ADA298973

Title :   Anomalous Behavior of the Pd/D System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 89-Aug 93,

Corporate Author : NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Szpak, S. J. ; Mosier-Boss, P. A.

PDF Url : ADA298973

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 179

Abstract : In a news conference on 23 March 1989, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced that nuclear events could be initiated by the electrochemical compression of deuterium into a palladium lattice. When researchers around the world tried to reproduce the effects described by Pons and Fleischmann in their laboratories, the results were mixed. The nature of the announcement and the Irreproducibility of the effect divided the scientific community into believers and skeptics, indicating religious fervor rather than scientific reasoning. Shortly after the Fleischmann-Pons announcement, a program at NRaD investigated anomalous effects in the Pd/D system. The NRaD program investigated the Pd/D system using standard electrochemical techniques to determine conditions for achieving high Pd/D loadings. Metallurgical aspects of the Pd/D system and the effect of additives were also examined. Tritium content in the gas/liquid phases and radiation emissions were monitored during electrolysis. This report summarizes the investigation results.

Descriptors :   *ADSORPTION, *DEUTERIUM, *PALLADIUM, *NUCLEAR FUSION, COMPRESSION, ANOMALIES, EMISSION, ELECTROCHEMISTRY, HIGH DENSITY, ADDITIVES, ELECTROLYSIS, TRITIUM.

Subject Categories : Fusion Devices(thermonuclear)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE