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Prof. George H. Miley
ghmiley@illinois.edu
Tel: (217) 333-3772
Cell: (217) 244-4947

912 W Armory Street
Champaign, IL 61821-4537
United States

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Miley, Prof. George H.     (Easy Link: http://www.worldsci.org/people/George_Miley)
Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering

Interests: Cold Fusion
Nationality: USA

Related Websites:
Low Energy Nuclear Reaction... Resume: George H. Miley


Edited Journals:
Fusion Technology

Books:
2000Principles of Fusion Energy: An Introduction to Fusion Energy for Students of Science and Engineering

Abstracts Online:
2009Advanced NaBH4/H2O2 Fuel Cell for Space Applications
2009IEC Thrusters for Space Probe Applications and Propulsion
2009Condensed Matter Cluster Reactions in LENR Power Cells for a Radical New Type of Space Power Source
1999Emerging Physics For a Brerakthrough Thin-Film Electrolytic Cell Power Unit

Event Attendence:
2013-04-16STAIF II (The Space Technology & Applications International Forum)Conference will attend
2012-02-29Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum 2012Conference
2011-03-15Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum 2011Conference
2009-10-09Third International Conference on Future EnergyConference
2009-02-24Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum 2009Conference
2008-08-1014th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear ScienceConference
2007-06-2513th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF13)Conference
2007-03-057th Symposium on Current Trends in International Fusion ResearchConference
2006-09-222nd International Conference on Future EnergyConference
1999-04-29First International Conference on Future EnergyConference
1996-09-132nd Conference on Low-Energy Nuclear ReactionsConference

Biography

Professor of Nuclear and Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois and Fusion Studies Lab Director (http://fsl.ne.uiuc.edu/) from 1975 to the present, has also been a consultant for Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, CA ? Argonne National Laboratory, Fusion Power Division ? Los Alamos National Laboratory ? Dept. of Energy, Idaho Operations Office ? and Clean Energy Technologies. Recently, George has been researching plasma focus fusion, a new and exciting form of hot fusion and presented the results at STAIF, the Space Technologies Applications Information Forum. Paul Koloc and Eric Lerner will also join a panel discussion with George on the expectations for this energy technology.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Fusion systems
  • Plasma engineering
  • Reactor kinetics
  • High voltage technology
  • Nuclear pumped lasers
  • Direct energy conversion
  • Hydrogen energy production
  • Low energy nuclear reactions in solids.

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering Carnegie Tech. 1955
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering University of Michigan 1956
  • Ph.D. Chem/Nuc Engineering University of Michigan 1959

ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD:

  • Assistant Professor - University of Illinois, 1961 - 1964
  • Associate Professor - University of Illinois, 1964 - 1967
  • Professor, Nuclear and Electrical Eng. - University of Illinois, 1967 - Present

MAJOR CONSULTING ACTIVITIES:

  • Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL -Fusion Power Division-Environmental Assessment Div.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Dept. of Energy, Idaho Operations Office
  • Clean Energy Technologies

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS (field, location, date):

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Nuclear Engineering, CA, 1975 -

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Senior NATO Fellow, National Science Foundation, 1994-95
  • Edward Teller Medal, 1995
  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Award in Fusion Technology, 2003
  • ANS - Radiation Science and Technology Award, 2004

Previous address: 555 N. Kensington Ave., La Grange Park, IL 60525, 708-352-6611


Journals Edited by Prof. George H. Miley



Name: Fusion Technology
Editors: Prof. George H. Miley
Status: Discontinued
Ended: 2000
Contact Name: Prof. George H. Miley
Email: ghmiley@illinois.edu
Address:912 W Armory Street
Champaign, IL 61821-4537
United States
Telephone: (217) 333-3772
Description:

Journal of the American Nuclear Society.

George H. Miley Retires as editor (2000).

Articles to add:

  • DuFour, Jacques 1993. "Cold Future by Sparking in Hydrogen Isotopes," Fusion Technology, Vol. 24, Sept. 1993, pp.205-222.
  • Fedorovich, Gennady V. 1993. "A Possible Way to Nuclear Fusion in Solids", Fusion Technology, Vol. 24, Nov. 1993, pp. 288-292.
  • Glueck, Peter 1993. "The Surfdyn Concept: An attempt to Solve the Puzzles of Cold Fusion." Fusion Technology, Vol. 24, Aug. 1993 pp. 122-126.
  • Kuehne, Reiner 1994. "The Possible Hot Nature of Cold Fusion," Fusion Technology, Vol. 25, Mar. 1994.
  • Matsumoto, Takaaki 1993. "Observations of Meshlike Traces of Nuclear Emulsions During Cold Fusion," Fusion Technology, Vol. 23, Jan. 1993.
  • Silver, David et al. 1993. "Surface Topology of a Palladium Cathode After Electrolysis in Heavy Water," Fusion Technology, Vol. 24, Dec. 1993.
  • Storms, E. 1991. "Review of Experimental Observations About the Cold Fusion Effect," Fusion Technology, Vol. 20, 1991.
  • Vaidya, S.N. 1993. "Comments on the Model for Coherent Deuteron-Deuteron Fusion in Crystalline Pd-D Lattice," Fusion Technology, Vol. 24, Aug. 1993.

Books by Prof. George H. Miley



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Principles of Fusion Energy: An Introduction to Fusion Energy for Students of Science and Engineering

by A. A. Harms, K. F. Schoepf, Prof. George H. Miley, D. R. Kingdon

KeyWords: new energy

Pages: 295
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
Year: 2000
ISBN: 9812380337
ISBN: 978-9812380333
ISBN: 9810243359
ISBN: 978-9810243357

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Description

This textbook accommodates the two divergent developmental paths which have become solidly established in the field of fusion energy: the process of sequential tokamak development toward a prototype and the need for a more fundamental and integrative research approach before costly design choices are made.

Emphasis is placed on the development of physically coherent and mathematically clear characterizations of the scientific and technological foundations of fusion energy which are specifically suitable for a first course on the subject. Of interest, therefore, are selected aspects of nuclear physics, electromagnetics, plasma physics, reaction dynamics, materials science, and engineering systems, all brought together to form an integrated perspective on nuclear fusion and its practical utilization.

The book identifies several distinct themes. The first is concerned with preliminary and introductory topics which relate to the basic and relevant physical processes associated with nuclear fusion. Then, the authors undertake an analysis of magnetically confined, inertially confined, and low-temperature fusion energy concepts. Subsequently, they introduce the important blanket domains surrounding the fusion core and discuss synergetic fusion-fission systems. Finally, they consider selected conceptual and technological subjects germane to the continuing development of fusion energy systems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Papers by Prof. George H. Miley



Advanced NaBH4/H2O2 Fuel Cell for Space Applications

(2009)

Prof. George H. Miley
912 W Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61821-4537, United States; ghmiley@illinois.edu, (217) 333-3772, lenr.ne.uiuc.edu

Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF-2009) , pp. 157-163


2009, Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum 2009, Huntsville, AL, United States
Keywords: Sodium Borohydride, Fuel Cell, Regenerative, Unitized, NMR, Battery

Lookup: battery (4), cell (5), fuel (2)

Abstract:

Fuel cells have played an important role in NASA's space program starting with the Gemini space program. However, improved fuel cell performance will be needed to enable demanding future missions. An advanced fuel cell (FC) using liquid fuel and oxidizer is being developed by U of IL/ NPL team to provide air independence and to achieve higher power densities than normal H2/O2 fuel cells (Lou et al., 2008; Miley, 2007). Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is used in this FC directly at the cathode (Lou and Miley, 2004). Either of two types of reactant, namely a gas-phase hydrogen or an aqueous NaBH4 solution, is utilized as fuel at the anode. Experiments with both 10-W single cells and 500-W stacks demonstrate that the direct utilization of H2O2 and NaBH4 at the electrodes result in >30% higher voltage output compared to the ordinary H2/O2 FC (Miley, 2007). Further, the use of this combination of all liquid fuels provides - from an operational point of view - significant advantages (ease of storage, reduced pumping requirements, simplified heat removal). This design is inherently compact compared to other fuel cells that use gas phase reactants. This results in a high overall system (including fuel tanks, pumps and piping, waste heat radiator) power density. Further, work is in progress on a regenerative version which uses an electrical input, e.g. from power lines or a solar panel to regenerate reactants.

Experimental results to date and design studies confirm the original motivation that this new type of fuel cell offers great potential for enabling aggressive next set missions. This type of fuel cell also has the advantage that it can scale over a wide range of powers. Thus, it becomes a viable candidate for use in satellites, for component power in spacecraft, rovers, and base power. Since the NaBH4 fuel can be shipped as a compact solid and mixed with a small amount of startup water (e.g. initial water from indigenous sources), additional operational water is recycled from that generated in the cell reactions. This conservation of water removes the need to transport water to the fuel cell greatly simplifying operational logistics. The fuel supply and water strategy will be discussed in detail in the presentation.




IEC Thrusters for Space Probe Applications and Propulsion

(2009)

Prof. George H. Miley
912 W Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61821-4537, United States; ghmiley@illinois.edu, (217) 333-3772, lenr.ne.uiuc.edu

Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF-2009) , pp. 164-174


2009, Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum 2009, Huntsville, AL, United States
Keywords: Space Thruster, Inertial Electrostatic Confinement, Fusion Thruster, Plasma Thruster

Lookup: space (104), plasma (17), fusion (62), electrostatic (5), inertial (35), confinement (3)

Abstract:

Earlier conceptual design studies (Bussard, 1990; Miley et al., 1998; Burton et al., 2003) have described Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) fusion propulsion to provide a high-power density fusion propulsion system capable of aggressive deep space missions. However, this requires large multi-GW thrusters and a long term development program. As a first step towards this goal, a progression of near-term IEC thrusters, stating with a 1 -10 kWe electrically-driven IEC jet thruster for satellites are considered here. The initial electrically-powered unit uses a novel multi-jet plasma thruster based on spherical IEC technology with electrical input power from a solar panel. In this spherical configuration, Xe ions are generated and accelerated towards the center of double concentric spherical grids. An electrostatic potential well structure is created in the central region, providing ion trapping. Several enlarged grid opening extract intense quasi-neutral plasma jets. A variable specific impulse in the range of 1000-4000 seconds is achieved by adjusting the grid potential. This design provides high maneuverability for satellite and small space probe operations. The multiple jets, combined with gimbaled auxiliary equipment, provide precision changes in thrust direction. The IEC electrical efficiency can match or exceed efficiencies of conventional Hall Current Thrusters (HCTs) while offering advantages such as reduced grid erosion (long life time), reduced propellant leakage losses (reduced fuel storage), and a very high power-to-weight ratio. The unit is ideally suited for probing missions. The primary propulsive jet enables delicate maneuvering close to an object. Then simply opening a second jet offset 180 degrees from the propulsion one provides a ?plasma analytic probe? for interrogation of the object.

The technology underlying this electrically-driven jet unit leads naturally to a next generation fusion driven unit. For example, a low-Q version of one of the modules designed for the magnetically-channeled IEC trap array propulsion plant (Miley and Wu, 2007) could be used for next generation power units to replace current HCTs. These commonly generate 0.2 - 1.0 Newton's of thrust and 3-12 kWe for LEO or MEO to GEO orbit transfer as well as station keeping or orbit plane changes. The fusion IEC version offers major advances in system power density and eliminates use of increasingly scarce fuels like Xe. A feature of the IEC type fusion device is its non-Maxwellian operation, enabling use of advanced fuels such as the D-He employed in the Space Ship II design (Burton et al., 2003). p-B11, such as used in (Bussard, 1990), represents an ultimate goal. Such units would initially be for large orbiting satellites, and then scaled up for use as a power/propulsion unit for a manned Mars or beyond interplanetary spacecraft.




Condensed Matter Cluster Reactions in LENR Power Cells for a Radical New Type of Space Power Source

(2009)

Prof. George H. Miley
912 W Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61821-4537, United States; ghmiley@illinois.edu, (217) 333-3772, lenr.ne.uiuc.edu

Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF-2009) , pp. 450-457


2009, Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum 2009, Huntsville, AL, United States
Keywords: Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), Condensed Matter Cluster, Low Temperature Fusion, Nano-Particle Electrodes

Lookup: energy (303), particle (38), nuclear (46), matter (67), fusion (62), temperature (8), reactions (12), low (8)

Abstract:

This paper reviews previous theoretical and experimental study on the possibility of nuclear events in multilayer thin film electrodes (Lipson et al, 2004 and 2005; Miley et al., 2007), including the correlation between excess heat and transmutations (Miley and Shrestha, 2003) and the cluster theory that predicts it. As a result of this added understanding of cluster reactions, a new class of electrodes is under development at the University of Illinois. These electrodes are designed to enhance cluster formation and subsequent reactions. Two approaches are under development. The first employs improved loading-unloading techniques, intending to obtain a higher volumetric density of sites favoring cluster formation. The second is designed to create nanostructures on the electrode where the cluster state is formed by electroless deposition of palladium on nickel microstructures. Power units employing these electrodes should offer unique advantages for space applications. This is a fundamental new nuclear energy source that is environmentally compatible with a minimum of radiation involvement, high specific power, very long lifetime, and scalable from micro power to kilowatts.




Emerging Physics For a Brerakthrough Thin-Film Electrolytic Cell Power Unit

(1999)

Prof. George H. Miley
912 W Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61821-4537, United States; ghmiley@illinois.edu, (217) 333-3772, lenr.ne.uiuc.edu

Future Energy: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Future Energy , pp. 126-130


1999, First International Conference on Future Energy, Washington, DC, United States
Keywords: emerging physics, breakthrough, thin-film, electrolytic, cell power unit, x-rays, betas, cathodes

Lookup: breakthrough (2), physics (44), rays (6), unit (4), power (15), cell (5)

Abstract:

Electrolytic cell experiments are described using cathodes coated with thin metallic films (order of 500 A, using variously Ni, Pd and Ti) in a flowing packed-bed electrolytic cell producting - 1 W/cc excess power. Measurements of nuclear isotopes produced in the films suggest a nuclear reaction origin for the heat. The characteristic "signatures" of the isotope array observed in these experiments are discussed, along with speculations about the reaction physics involved.

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