Xavier Pitz on the Journal of Nuclear Physics seems to have hit the nail on the head regarding problems Andrea Rossi seems to be having in connecting the E-Cat QX with an existing gas turbine:
July 19, 2018 at 5:27 PM
Do you envision the SK being able to be retrofitted into the combustion chamber of already existing gas turbines, or wouldn’t it be better to design new kind of SK-optimized gas turbines ?
I’m also not an engineer, and this maybe total nonsense, but as there is no real combustion taking place, the combustion chamber maybe skipped altogether ?
The challenge will then be to transfer the heat from the SK somewhere else in the airflow. Maybe through the stators blades ? Would this make sense ?
Andrea Rossi is in agreement with the assessment, although he does mention that he has help which he seems to esteem very highly.
July 19, 2018 at 11:21 PM
This is the core of the problem. It is premature to be able to answer. I can say that the power of fire of the Partner we are dealing with to resolve the problem is very high in the whole world.
Here’s a nice animation from GE that shows the workings of a conventional gas turbine. The E-Cat does not have any combustion, just heat, so Rossi and his team must be trying to figure if they adapt it to work in a satisfactory way.
When asked what he thinks the chances were of having the SK-Turbine configuration ready to show for a projected January presentation, he stated “33%”. Rossi is normally quite optimistic in his projections, so I would take this as a sign that it likely won’t be ready to show alongside the QX which according to Rossi is ready.
Here’s a nice animation from GE that shows the workings of a gas turbine.