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"While working as an engineer at the Idaho National Engineering Lab (INEL) for a private contractor, we invented Hot Balls that would heat to 450 degrees." Previous work regarding petroleum cracking with catalysts are listed as well as supply sources for steel balls and the catalysts.

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On Aug. 20, 2007, an anonymous person who described himself as 'Fired Egghead' wrote:

While working as an engineer at the Idaho National Engineering Lab (INEL) for a private contractor, we invented Hot Balls that would heat to 450 degrees.

In 1992, the government refused a grant to keep funding the project, so it was scrapped.

# We started with a 5 inch stainless ball.

# Drilled a 1" hole 3.75" deep.

# Put in a glass test tube with Thorium and some chemicals.

# We also put in 2 steel BBs.

# Then we screwed a plug into the 1" hole and tack welded it.

To activate the ball, you set it on the floor and hit it with a hammer a few times. The BBs break the glass test tube. After a few minutes, the stainless ball will heat up to 450 degrees.

It is safe. We even cooked a stew with it. Sitting on a rack for 8 months, the temp stayed at 450 degrees.

I can't release the name of the chemicals or my name, as this was a lab for military projects.

The chemicals are popular! Note: This is more of a chemical reaction than nuclear. The thorium is used as a starter. Clue: the chemicals can be found in auto part stores.

As far as I know there are no patents. They cleaned out our lab and fired everyone. Have fun.

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On Aug. 25, 2007, User:JeremyGaul writes:

Quote From http://www.chembook.co.uk/chap26.htm Section 26.2.3

"Petroluem Cracking"

Temperatures range from 400 to 700°C, and catalysts such as oxides of aluminium, silicon, chromium, and thorium are used:

CxH2x+2 .........g.........CyH2y+2......... +......... CzH2z......... (Where x = y + z)

alkane......................... alkane.......................... alkene

(See also section 21.2.3.i.) The main alkenes obtained from cracking are ethene and propene, though one of the main roles of cracking is to generally produce the more volatile fractions. These are used as petrol (gasoline) and as starting materials in the petrochemical industry."

Also in Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency FIAT Final Report No. 276 (3 October 1945) there is listed a series of experiments on cracking petroleum by using oxides of certain metals. Thorium Oxide is listed as the most active in the catalytic process, second was zinc oxide and alumina. This may be of interest as Thorium is difficult to handle due to radioactivity and expensive to order, while alumina and zinc oxide are common and present no direct handling problems.

Source : http://www.fischer-tropsch.org/primary_documents/gvt_reports/FIAT/fiat_276.htm

Additionally, faujasite catalyst cracking has been used extensively in the petroleum cracking. Additional research may be warranted concerning use of this catalyst in attempting to replicate this technology.

Additional information : http://www.google.com/search?q=faujasite+cracking

From the description of the original poster this seems to be a catalytic reaction with a petroleum distillate, possible simple motor oil. The 5" steel sphere is used as the catalytic reaction probably causes gas expansion as the reaction continues. This would seem to stabilize at about 450F and likely many tens to hundreds of atmospheres inside the sphere interior. The amount of Calories produced by the reaction should be able to be calculated to determine exactly how much energy is produced and for how long.

Caution! There may be possible safety issues to watch for, such as if the catalytic reaction continues a very high pressure may be obtained and the ball could rupture. Not to mention handling the radioactivity of Thorium.

The only source I could find for the 5" steel balls is here : http://www.craigballsales.com/balls-prod/chrome-steel-balls.html

The price listed is $150 per ball.

Thorium, Alumina and Zinc sources :

# http://www.unitednuclear.com/

# http://www.americanelements.com/

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