Report of Tests on Joseph Newman's Device
This report describes results of tests performed between March 1986 and June 1986 on Joseph Newman's device. The purpose of the testing was to determine if the output power from the device was greater than the power which was put into the device from the battery pack. This report describes the experimental tests which were performed and summarizes the results.
This report describes a set of test results on a single device. NBS was not requested to examine the theory behind the operation of the device.
A photograph of the device which was tested is shown in figure 1. The system, as tested, consisted of a battery pack, a commutator which was mechanically connected to a rotating permanent magnet, and a coil of wire. The National Bureau of Standards provided the resistive load which was connected in parallel with the coil. Figure 1 does not show the battery pack and the load. The commutator reversed the polarity of the battery connection twice during each rotation of the magnet. In addition, twenty-four times during each rotation it connected the battery to and disconnected it from the coil of wire and the load. Consequently the output waveform was a series of pulses as is shown in figure 2.
The tests consisted of electrical measurements of the net power drawn from a battery pack by the device under test coupled with separate as well as simultaneous measurement of the power dissipated in a resistive load connected in parallel with the coil of the device.
Section 2 of this report describes the design of the tests and the selection of instrumentation used. Section 3 presents the measurement results. Sections 4 and 5 outline the consistency checks which were performed and provide estimates of the uncertainties associated with the various measurements performed. Section 6 presents conclusions and section 7 is a list of references cited in the report.