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Posted by Morris Dovey on October 28, 2014, 7:03 pm
On 10/20/14 1:22 PM, amdx wrote:

I guess the bottom line is that I’m not very concerned with opinions -  
and prefer to remain focused on what I might (or might not) be able to  
get done in the amount of time available to me.

I generally take germane input seriously. Since last posting I picked up  
a spectroscope and a prism for building a better one to use with my camera.

Last night I wrote my first software to discover how difficult it might  
be to detect spectral lines and to see if I could determine wavelength  
and relative magnitude from a .jpg spectrograph image. You can see the  
result at http://www.iedu.com/tmp/Analysis.png  - and I think the answer  
to all questions is “yes”.

More later...

Morris Dovey

Posted by Jim Wilkins on October 28, 2014, 8:04 pm

You can buy a single-element Atomic Absorption lamp on Amazon to  
minimize the resolution requirements of your monochromator:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)


Posted by Morris Dovey on December 6, 2014, 12:18 am
 On 10/20/14 1:22 PM, amdx wrote:


Here’s a next piece of my puzzle. The challenge was to calculate the  
average separation distance between H₂ molecules in the reaction chamber  
for pressures between 1 and 25 times atmospheric:

Volume of empty reaction chamber is 26.5954 cc
100 g (11.2259 cc) Nickel added
Gas volume = 15.3695 cc, T = 25 ˚C

P:  1, Molecules: 3.7830817E+20, Moles: 0.000628195, Separation:  
3.43773E-07 cm
P:  2, Molecules: 7.5661635E+20, Moles:  0.00125639, Separation:  
2.72853E-07 cm
P:  3, Molecules: 1.1349245E+21, Moles:  0.00188459, Separation:  
2.38359E-07 cm
P:  4, Molecules: 1.5132327E+21, Moles:  0.00251278, Separation:  
2.16563E-07 cm
P:  5, Molecules: 1.8915409E+21, Moles:  0.00314098, Separation:  
2.0104E-07 cm
P:  6, Molecules:  2.269849E+21, Moles:  0.00376917, Separation:  
1.89186E-07 cm
P:  7, Molecules: 2.6481572E+21, Moles:  0.00439737, Separation:  
1.7971E-07 cm
P:  8, Molecules: 3.0264654E+21, Moles:  0.00502556, Separation:  
1.71887E-07 cm
P:  9, Molecules: 3.4047736E+21, Moles:  0.00565376, Separation:  
1.65269E-07 cm
P: 10, Molecules: 3.7830817E+21, Moles:  0.00628195, Separation:  
1.59565E-07 cm
P: 11, Molecules: 4.1613899E+21, Moles:  0.00691015, Separation:  
1.54576E-07 cm
P: 12, Molecules: 4.5396981E+21, Moles:  0.00753835, Separation:  
1.50157E-07 cm
P: 13, Molecules: 4.9180063E+21, Moles:  0.00816654, Separation:  
1.46203E-07 cm
P: 14, Molecules: 5.2963144E+21, Moles:  0.00879474, Separation:  
1.42636E-07 cm
P: 15, Molecules: 5.6746226E+21, Moles:  0.00942293, Separation:  
1.39393E-07 cm
P: 16, Molecules: 6.0529308E+21, Moles:   0.0100511, Separation:  
1.36426E-07 cm
P: 17, Molecules:  6.431239E+21, Moles:   0.0106793, Separation:  
1.33697E-07 cm
P: 18, Molecules: 6.8095471E+21, Moles:   0.0113075, Separation:  
1.31174E-07 cm
P: 19, Molecules: 7.1878553E+21, Moles:   0.0119357, Separation:  
1.28831E-07 cm
P: 20, Molecules: 7.5661635E+21, Moles:   0.0125639, Separation:  
1.26647E-07 cm
P: 21, Molecules: 7.9444717E+21, Moles:   0.0131921, Separation:  
1.24604E-07 cm
P: 22, Molecules: 8.3227798E+21, Moles:   0.0138203, Separation:  
1.22687E-07 cm
P: 23, Molecules:  8.701088E+21, Moles:   0.0144485, Separation:  
1.20882E-07 cm
P: 24, Molecules: 9.0793962E+21, Moles:   0.0150767, Separation:  
1.19179E-07 cm
P: 25, Molecules: 9.4577044E+21, Moles:   0.0157049, Separation:  
1.17569E-07 cm

Next up, Brownian motion: Find a way to calculate the average velocity  
magnitude of the H₂ molecules as the temperature inside the reactor  
increases from 25˚C to 400˚C...

Morris Dovey

Posted by Jim Wilkins on December 6, 2014, 12:32 pm



The attraction between nickel and hydrogen may be more relevant.
"Hydrogen atoms bond strongly with a nickel surface, with hydrogen  
molecules disassociating in order to do so."

This has been studied intensively and practiced industrially for over  
a century, which is the reason for scepticism that something so simple  
has been overlooked.

Posted by Morris Dovey on December 6, 2014, 4:02 pm
 On 12/6/14 6:32 AM, Jim Wilkins wrote:

Golden! I already had a browser window open to that Boltzmann constant  
page, but the others are new to me. Your quote from the nickel hydride  
page answers a question I’ve been worrying over for quite a while. Thank  
you! :-)

I’ve known from the beginning that I might be chasing a wild goose up a  
blind alley – but, since I’m not on anyone’s payroll but my own, I’m  
free to fail where others aren’t.

I’ve occasionally found stuff that had been intensely overlooked, and  
now try to live between belief and unbelief – and that makes projects  
like this one interesting because I’ll get an “Aha!” moment whichever  
way things go.

Morris Dovey

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