- Kirk Shanahan’s 2010 JEM Letter
- The Penon pressure gauge
- Arkell v. Pressdram.
- The Pons and Fleischmann boil-off experiments
- Rossi v. Darden documentation
Kirk Shanahan’s 2010 JEM Letter
Kirk Shanahan keeps saying the same thing, over and over. The “ten scientists” who addressed his criticisms in his 2010 Letter to JEM, called his idea, after some discussion, “Shanahan’s random CCSH,” (Calibration Constant Shift Hypothesis) see the response.
To be sensible, the CCSH must not be random, it must be systematic, so “random” was an incorrect term to use. However, this was by no means the core of their critique of the CCSH, and Shanahan, repeating reference to this error over and over, when it is fundamentally irrelevant, shows his obsession.
In any case, I am not aware of a careful review of the papers, i.e., the original paper by Krivit and Marwan, the Shanahan Letter, and the response by the Ten. Did the Ten respond to Shanahan or did they fundamentally ignore him, as he claims over and over, the latest was my trigger for looking at this.
The Penon pressure gage.
Pardigmnoia found a Rossi v. Darden document I had overlooked, showing a different pressure gage than had been specified in the pre-test Penon plan. This was DE 235-11, a “composite document,” beginning with a deposition by Murray, but then having some other documents, including Penon reports The documents do not clearly indicate which document was which date, but the document of interest here appears to be the “plant start-up,” shown in the cover mail as dated 5/28/2015. It shows a pressure gage:
Digital Manometer, Keller, type LEO1, type n. 43407, certificate number RTV-MA-01415, issue date 3/15/2015.
That pressure sensor was rated to 85 C. It required a power supply and a voltmeter to read it. Full scale output voltage: 5V for 100 psia (6.9 bar). The specified sensor was absolute pressure. Total error band: 1% (FS?)
The Penon reports gave pressure as “0.0 bar,” which was preposterous, so everyone translated this to “barg,” i.e., atmospheric pressure. But how was this measured? Either instrument would measure absolute pressure. However, the Keller meter has a facility to set a zero, taking a few seconds. All it would take is someone pressing the button and presto! Zero barg, by definition!
Yet the absolute pressure was crucial to determining that the output was steam, rather than hot water. Relative pressure does not establish the boiling point of water. Thus the pressure gage and how it was handled and read, and how zero was set, if it was set — which would be deceptive in itself, if not disclosed, it would effectively discard the calibration — was fundamental to the Penon report claims.
And the newer gauge is rated to only 50 degrees C operating. What was Penon thinking? There is no description of how the device was mounted, which would be crucial. One could use the gauge if there was a relatively long pipe leading to it, so that it would be much cooler than the steam pipe, it should still read pressure accurately. But the Keller gage provides 1 millibar sensitivity, not the 100 millibar sensitivity implied by “0.0 bar.” The Penon report spreadsheets, then, if this was the gage used, were not simply a recording of data. The data was “interpreted,” i.e., altered.
That “0.0 bar” data, constant, has been pointed out by many as preposterous, along with the rock-solid water flow, also crucial to measuring heat flow from the “1 MW plant. Real world data simply does not look like this unless “massaged.””
Arkell v. Pressdram
The Pons and Fleischmann boil-off experiments
We started to study the series of articles about the Pons and Fleishcmann boil-off experiments, Morrison’s reply, and the response of P&F to that. I have never fully understood that work. It might be important. I got distracted and haven’t finished what I started.
Rossi v. Darden documentation
There is much that was started and never finished in creating a full study resource on Rossi v. Darden. The trial events outpaced the coverage.
Now, I’m off to the gym to work out. It keeps getting more fun.
Because I say so.