Evidence of piezonuclear reactions: From geological and tectonic transformations to neutron detection and measurements

  • A. CarpinteriEmail author
  • G. Lacidogna
  • A. Manuello
  • O. Borla
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Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


Neutron emission measurements, by means of helium-3 and neutron bubble detectors, were performed on solid specimens during three different kinds of mechanical tests: compression tests under displacement control, under cyclic loading, and by ultrasonic vibration. The material used for the tests was Green Luserna granite. Since the analyzed material contains iron, our conjecture was that piezonuclear fission reactions involving fission of iron into aluminum, and of iron into magnesium and silicon, should have occurred during compression damage and failure. It is also interesting to emphasize that the present natural abundances of aluminum (~8%), and silicon (28%) and scarcity of iron (~4%) in the continental Earth’s crust should be possibly due to the piezonuclear fission reactions considered above.


Compression Test Displacement Control Recycle Aggregate Neutron Emission Ultrasonic Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Carpinteri
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Lacidogna
    • 1
  • A. Manuello
    • 1
  • O. Borla
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Structural Engineering & GeotechnicsPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, INFN sez. TorinoTorinoItaly

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