We want your expertise.
If you do, then you came to the right place. So far in the previous threat’s comment section we gathered the following high level criteria (h/t General, Mary and Ransom):
- Unaffiliated lab location, preferably at a local university (e.g. UBC).
- Bring your own power source.
- Properly measure the output.
- Hire a stage magician to detect any sleight of hand
While the first bullet point is a matter of logistics, the latter two need some refinement:
If a benchtop lab power supply suffices, I suggest this could alleviate some of the preparation to keep track of the input power. (Have no idea if this is possible as I haven’t paid attention to how the device looks these days).
Otherwise Mary suggested we need the ability to interrupt the AC supply to both the heaters, and spark plug power supplies with our own power cord in order to monitor input power with a high quality broad band power meter on both lines (e.g. a Clark-Hess).
In addition the input coolant mass flow rate and the mass averaged temperature needs to be recorded.
To get clean output stream. Mary suggests sparging it into an insulated container and measuring the temperature rise.
Since the test design discussed here, is for a testing proposal, I suggest we focus on this approach rather than working with a heat exchanger.
Mary pointed out that for the power measurement calibration needs to be performed over the entire range of anticipated temperatures by using the electrical heater.
Preferably there should be two reactors for measurement. After calibration I suggest zero runs (empty reactor) measurements should be performed on both. This is to identify any potential systematic error source that could arise from moving the measurement devices from one to the other.
For the actual measurement one of the reactors will be active the other contain no fuel. The information which one is the active one will not be shared with the team (or individual) performing the measurement.
A Nomex suit and a Lexan shield, goggles and head protection are good practice whenever hight temp steam is involved (h/t Mary).
Can do magic and catch criminals.
Tony Blake is not available due to being a fictional character, so I suggest we drop that point (the Mentalist would have been cool too, but suffers the same shortcoming).