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Evidence of piezonuclear fission reactions: Neutron emissions, microchemical analysis, geological transformations
Alberto Carpinteri, Giuseppe Lacidogna, Amedeo Manuello

Last modified: 2010-09-06


Neutron emission measurements by means of helium-3 neutron detectors were performed on solid
test specimens during crushing failure. The tests were carried out at the Laboratory of Fracture Mechanics of
the Politecnico di Torino. The materials used were marble and granite, selected in that they present a different
behaviour in compression failure (i.e., a different brittleness index) and a different iron content. All the test
specimens were of the same size and shape. Neutron emissions from the granite test specimens were found to
be of about one order of magnitude higher than the natural background level at the time of failure. These
neutron emissions should be caused by nucleolysis or piezonuclear “fissions” that occurred in the granite, but
did not occur in the marble: neutrons. The present natural abundance of aluminum (7-8% in
the Earth crust), which is less favoured than iron from a nuclear point of view, is possibly due to the above
piezonuclear fission reaction.

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