[extropy-chat] Re: Casimir Torque Project

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Fri May 6 14:10:49 UTC 2005

--- ben <benboc at lineone.net> wrote:
> The Casimir force, as far as i understand (i'm no physicist, so this
> may 
> be way off), is analogous to the force that pushes ships into harbour
> walls, with virtual particles being equivalent to the waves in the
> water.
> If this is a good analogy, wouldn't a proof of concept of Adrian's 
> device be a macro-scale version, sitting in the sea (or a slightly 
> smaller one in a bathtub, with a suitable wave generator)? If the 
> concept is sound, and the analogy is sound, this might be a useful 
> 'alternative energy' device even if for some reason a zero-point
> energy device can't work.

Wave energy extraction devices have been shown to work in many
different ways. The Casimir Force, while being analogous to ocean waves
pushing vessels together, is not ocean waves, ergo making a machine
work with ocean waves does not necessarily make a machine that works
with the real Casimir Force.

The essential key with this device is that the vanes act like turbine
blades, or perhaps more accurately, like a quantum Pelton Wheel, being
canted as they are to the axis. We know that Pelton Wheels work just
dandy in hydropower apps.
> (Maybe this could put to rest any doubts about it being a perpetual 
> motion machine, too)
> ben
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Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
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It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
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