Androcles Reactor Setup Photos (Alan Smith)

These photos were posted in the previous Androcles thread by Alan Smith.

Here’s some pictures of the Androcles reactor set-up. A Petri dish for LENR, and more a-building.



And ‘under construction’ reactors.


And again..


And a mica-window pancake Geiger detector (with LFH’s design of front shield to protect that fragile mica bubble).


  • Monty

    Congratulations Alan. Looks very well made. I am very curious what results you will find with this setup.

  • causal observer

    Is there an outline of the overall protocol for this experiment? e.g. “fuel”, heating pattern, signal inputs, specific sought after results (which I assume include gamma rays), etc.

  • jaman73
  • Rene

    Nice to see the main bricks have no cut seams where the reactions will happen.

  • greggoble

    Hey Alan,

    Great what you’re doing. I might make it to ICCF after all… still working on the entrance fee. Axils’ comments and postings make my head spin… that’s what axles do, enable rotation. Thoughts get turned around…

    The “Belgium LENR Mystery’ from 1989/90 still has me intrigued. Once in a while I like trolling for new information (a benign troll). Here goes…

    Belgian LENR – History

    I found a few comments by Van den Bogaert Joannes in this Cold Fusion Now article. I’m trying to find more that were made by him. If any of you know of more comments, or conversed or corresponded with him, please let me know.


    Dr. Brian Ahern Connects Nanomagnetism & LENR — Interview

    Greg Goble

    JULY 26, 2014 AT 5:21 PM



    In 1989/1990, during the year following the announcement of cold fusion, the Belgium Ministry of defence sequestered a series of advanced gas loaded LENR patents and all the related research papers (that been filed and published by Van den Bogaert Joannes).


    What was the state of U.S. and Belgium relations at this time?


    Why did the Belgium Ministry of Defence sequester advanced LENR/LANR patents?

    What role, if any, did the U.S. DoD have in this decision?


    What affect would these early LENR patents and related scientific papers have had if they had reached mainstream news or the cold fusion scientific community in 1989?


    How do these early Belgian cold fusion patents compare to advanced LENR patents emerging from U.S. SPAWAR, DARPA, NASA and U.S. corporate LENR research laboratories?


    Elements of an electromagnetic/electrostatic effect are found in these advanced, gas loaded, plasma, LENR/LANR Belgium patents. Absolutely fascinating.


    Gas Plasma Electrostatic/Electromagnetic Environment


    “nuclear fusion of fusionable matter with the aid of a solid substance whereon matter can be adsorbed electrostatically…”


    “adsorption and/or absorption of of the fusionable takes place at room temperature or at higher temperature, either or not in the presence of a non-electrolyt, e.g. a liquid dialectic material…”


    “no use is made of a liquid electrolyt…”


    “a first embodiment… fusionable matter is provided in the form of a plasma in a space containing at least one electrode, in which space positive fusionable ions of the plasma are adsorbed and/or absorbed on or in an electrode which consists of or contains a metal or metal alloy that can absorb hydrogen and which electrode is negatively charged while an other electrode is at positive potential…”


    “plasma is an ionized gas that contains practically equal amounts of ions and electrons and is susceptible to a magnetic field…”


    “a second embodiment… fusionable matter is provided in the form of a gas in a space containing at least two electrodes at opposite potential, wherein the negatively charged electrode(s) are capable of adsorbing and/or absorbing said fusionable matter, and wherein the potential difference between said electrodes is high enough to ionize the fusionable matter and to bring its positive ions to fusion…”


    “the ionization to form a plasma can be carried out in a space which stands in connection with the fusion reactor or between electrodes in the reactor…’


    “also lithium and/or borine may be put in plasma form…”


    “plasma is in general but not necessarily formed at low pressure…”


    “fusionable matter is deuterium or tritium”


    “hydrogen may be present in atomic form…”

    “the voltage difference between the electrodes may be higher than is usual in electrolysis, e.g. in the range 40 to 10 4 volt…”


    “voltage may be applied continuously or pulsating with therefor known apparatus, e.g. direct current generator…”


    Vapour Depositation Nano Materials


    “the electrode-material at which the nuclear reaction takes place consists preferably of a metal absorbing hydrogen exothermally. The absorption increases with gas pressure…”


    “examples of such metals are: titanium, zirconium, vanadium, niobium, tantalum and palladium. Iron is possibly likewise useful at higher temperature, e.g. 800 celsius”


    “said metals are present on a carrier material, e.g. are present in vapour deposited form. For example, the carrier material is carbon or another metal that is thermally and electrically a good conductor and optionally is slowing down high speed neutrons or is an absorber therefor…”


    “electrode can be porous, e.g. is a sintered metal or can be in the form of separate particles particles having a diameter of e.g. 0.01 to 10 cm…”

    Alan DeAngelis

    JULY 27, 2014 AT 5:33 AM

    We aren’t smart enough to understand why they did this but I’m sure it’s the love that they have for us that motivates them.

    Van den Bogaert Joannes

    JULY 31, 2014 AT 2:15 AM

    To Greg,

    Thanks for mentioning contents of Belgian patent BE1002780 wherein the broadening of proton orbitals is suggested as the reason for overcoming Coulomb repulsion enabling fusion. Have a look at my commentary to Dr. Edmund Storms at the end of the article “Belgian LANR Patents” on the former e-Cat Site. Greetings.

    gbgoblenote “Belgian LANR Patents”

    Posted on February 27, 2012 by Ben

    In work done over many years, a Belgian industrial chemist and patent attorney, Joannes Van den Bogaert, had several LANR patents granted in his home country of Belgium. While the devices are different in many ways from those currently being researched in the LENR/LANR arena, they also bear striking similarities to them. Those similarities are: The same metals, nano-particles, lattices, vortexes, some input energy source, hydrogen (deuterium), liquid cooling etc, and the release of energy in the form of heat, by overcoming the Coulomb barrier. The patents in question were originally written and submitted in Flemish and have existed in obscurity until now. They were issued some 20 years ago and Mr. Van den Bogaert has translated two of these patents into English for the purpose of wider viewing and dissemination. A third patent (BE1003296) was sequestered by Belgium Ministry of Defense for a period of time, apparently due to safety concerns, and an English translation is not currently available. The two available patents can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the following patent numbers, BE1002780 and BE1002781.

    Van den Bogaert Joannes

    AUGUST 2, 2014 AT 7:14 AM

    Have a look at a very interesting “hot fusion” technique known as “Ultra dense fusion in liquid lithium” under GOOGLE. Also worthwile to consult is”Hidetsugu Ikegami “for that technique and Swedish Defence FMV.

    2018gbgoblenote- Found it here…


    Source – Oct 2006; 109 p; ISSN 1403-1892; ; PROJECT STEM-P20628-1; Also available from: Royal Inst. of Technology Library, ETDE-Studsvik Collection, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden (SEK 195); 7 refs., 2 fig
    Report Number – STEM-ER–2006-42
    Country of publication – Sweden



    Publication Year 2006
    Reference Number – 38053344
    INIS Volume – 38 INIS Issue – 23

    Ultradense Nuclear Fusion in Metallic Lithium Liquid. A report on research performed at the R and D Center, Sakaguchi E.H VOC Co. under the auspices of the Swedish Energy Agency

    Authors: Ikegami, Hidetsugu; Pettersson, Roland
    Swedish Energy Agency, Eskilstuna (Sweden)


    This report is concerned with research and development on a new fusion scheme, ‘chemonuclear fusion’. In this scheme, lithium or deuterium ions are implanted in liquid lithium whereby huge reaction rate enhancements, as much as up to 1015compared to what is expected for a free two-body deuterium-lithium interaction, are obtained. The enhancement is suggested to be a result of nuclear, atomic and chemical reactions taking place cooperatively. Experimental studies on the Li – D chemonuclear fusion is supported financially by the Swedish Energy Agency and were initiated at the Dept. of Analytical Chemistry, Uppsala University. The studies were continued in a collaboration with the R and D Centre, Sakaguchi E.H VOC Co. in Tokyo where a new and modified setup was constructed. Here, besides the Li – D chemonuclear fusion, the Li – Li fusion and the D2 – 2Li molecular chemonuclear fusion were developed. In 2005 at the R and D Centre, molecular ions D2+ of energies 30keV were implanted on a surface of metallic Li liquid. Product alpha particles were identified and measured by a single solid state detector. The energies were around 7.6MeV corresponding to what would be expected for the reaction 7Li + D → 2x4He + n. Under some conditions of the Li liquid, the reaction rate was intermittently so high that the particle detector was saturated and stopped counting simultaneously with an appreciable temperature rise in the Li liquid. The results were discussed in March at the University of Tokyo and in October at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Engineering Academy of Sciences and at Uppsala University. This report presents a full description of the results. It also contains more recent results where an additional detector setup, a ΔE-E detector was used for validation of the results in particular the identity of the alpha particles.


    AUGUST 22, 2014 AT 5:35 PM

    Although the reactions Ikegami discovered were the same strong nuclear force reactions seen in tokamak reactors the reaction take place at much lower temperatures than thermonuclear fusion.

    Chemonuclear Fusion is a type of low energy nuclear fusion that has been shown to produce energy in two experiments. Aneutronic nuclear fusion can provide unlimited electric power without polluting the environment with radioactive waste and greenhouse emissions. Chemonuclear processes in small dense white dwarf stars accelerate the rate of nuclear fusion and cause them to explode in spectacular supernova explosions.

    The mission of the Chemonuclear Fusion Project is to raise awareness of this new and vitally important source of environmentally clean energy and to promote research and development.

  • Alan Smith

    Hi Greg. I actually won’t be at ICCF, not long back from the USA and also very busy in the lab. I am however planning to go to the Italian LENR meeting in the Autumn. Shame I will miss you. BTW, it might be possible for you to get press accreditation if you ask the organisers very nicely. At least that would help with expenses.

    I know zero about the Belgian work, but please keep me posted if you do turn up more things of interest.

  • Bob Greenyer

    Russ George likes to do electrolytic loading like P&F.

    Given that we reported that Celani having success with ‘2L’ wires that were found to have nano and micrometric diamonds on them after joule-heat treatment cycling, a process that inspired my suggestion to use diamond based industrial abrasives as the core reaction matrix, could it be that Russ George is using diamond cutting wire or rods as electrodes for loading (since frankly, diapad discs would be a pain to electrolytically load!)

    I particularly like the last one as it is called Z-LION!

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