A.L. Dmitriev   Galileo Galilei   George Nikitin   Physicists  

TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF GRAVITATIONAL FORCE
IN THE TERRESTRIAL AND SPACE EXPERIMENTS

A. L. Dmitriev

Baltic State Technical University VOENMEH,

1 Krasnoarmeyskaja str. 190005, St. Petersburg, Russia

alex@dmitriyev.ru

Abstract. Temperature dependence of the force of gravity is one of the important problems in physics. Bodys absolute temperature characterizes bodys internal energy, related to chaotic movement of its particles. Additionally, temperature defines speed and acceleration of bodys mircoparticles. Theory of Relativity hypothesizes that the weight of energy positively affects weight of the body based on temperature increase. Such dependence has not yet been proven by laboratory experiments due to extremely low value of expected effect. Instead, kinematic nature of the dependence of the force of gravity from temperature related to accelerated movement of bodys microparticles, explains relatively strong negative temperature dependence of the weight which have been observed during experiments. Such effects suggest need for deeper research of gravity and will have important scientific and practical value.

Keywords: gravitation, temperature, weight, acceleration, space experiment

Introduction

The problem of the absolute body temperature influence on the strength of the gravitational interaction has long ago started to attract the attention. According to the theory of relativity, the physical weight (excluding the influence of artifacts) of heated body is greater than of a cold one. The amount of extra "energy weight" is extremely small and almost unavailable for direct measurements. The report provides an overview of experiments based on accurate laboratory weighing of heated bodies, in which a negative temperature dependence of the physical weight of bodies is observed. A space experiment is suggested to testify the temperature dependence of the weight, based on the measurement of the radial position of the heated sample located on the orbit of the Earth's satellite.


  1. Laboratory experiments confirming negative temperature dependence of bodyweight


Temperature dependence of the weight is characterized by the following parameter , where is a change of bodyweight and is a change of its absolute temperature. Theory of Relativity states that temperature change of gravitational body mass is related to the change of its thermal energy, , where (- is specific heat of material, - is speed of light), coefficient is positive; i.e. its value for the sample of iron is approximately . Heating of such sample weighing to causes relative increase in its weight by , which is impossible to measure during experiments in the lab.

In the meantime, laboratory measurements of the weight of heated bodies described below demonstrate that coefficient is negative and its value is much higher than the value provided above.



1.1. Measuring the force of gravity dependence from temperature on a torsion balance

Show and Davy used torsion balance [1] to measure effect of temperature on the force of gravity. Even though authors concluded that temperature change of the force of gravity have not been noticed, more careful analysis of results [2] showed that during these experiments negative temperature dependence of the force of gravity was present. Temperature coefficient was .

Data shift to the right of relatively zero point of abscissa on provided histogram corresponds to a decrease of the weight of heated sample.

Figure 1. Generalized results obtained by Show and Davy [2]. Sequence number of measurements is shown on an ordinate, horizontal scale illustrates position of torsion balance rocker.

Weighing of heated samples on high precision analytical balance


In their popular book Evolution of Physics, Einstein and Infeld argued that according to the Theory of Relativity heated piece of metal weighs more than a cold one. In the 90s, publications [3-6] state that experimental data pointing towards negative temperature dependence of the weight of non-magnetic metal s

amples have been achieved. Image of samples in Duares container heated by ultrasound is presented on Figure 2.

Layout of Hermetically Sealed Container. 1 Dewar Flask; 2 Metal Rod; 3 Holder Support;
4 Electroacoustic Transducer (PZT); 5 Gaskets (Foam Plastic); 6 Holder Base (Ebonite); 7 Cold Welding.

Figure 2. Image of weighed metal samples



Experimental time dependence of the weight of heated sample presented on Figure 3.

Figure 3. Example of experimental time dependence of the weight of heated sample. Dashed lines show moments when heater was turned on and off.

Experimental values of temperature coefficient of different types of non-magnetic materials are listed in Table 1; where is density, is speed of sound.

Table 1.

Sample

Lead

Copper

Brass

Titanium

Duralumin

PZT

11.34

8.89

8.55

4.50

2.79

7.20

2.64

3.80

3.45

5.07

5.20

3.50

4.5

6.5

4.5

8.7

11.6

2.8



There is an increase of value along with decrease of value of the material.

Negative temperature dependence of the weight of non-magnetic metal samples is being observed during their electric (Figure 4) or chemical heating.

Figure 4. The design of container with electrical heater. 1 - a copper sample with a

winding of an electric heater; 2,3 - cylinders from titan; 4 - cylinder

from brass; 5 - a wire of suspension bracket of container; 6 copper conductors


Example of temperature change of the weight of container with the metal sample in it connected to electric heater is shown on Figure 5 [7].

Figure 5. 1 - experimental temporary dependence of the weight of container; 2- calculated dependence of weight taking into consideration effect of temperature convection of the air; 3- change of temperature of the surface of external cylinder.

1. 3. Chemical heating of the sample body [7,8].

The design of container, in which heating of a tight steel cylinder made of stainless steel was carried out by a chemical method, is shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. The design of container with chemical heating of the internal cylinder (before overturn). 1 - the external cylinder; 2 - the internal cylinder; 3 - an open vessel with distilled water; 4 - an open vessel with crystals of NaOH; 5 - polyfoam



Diameter of the external brass-cylinder is 60 mm, height - 62 mm, thickness of walls - 3.5 mm, weight - 475 g; diameter of the internal cylinder - 45 mm, height - 46 mm, thickness of walls - 4.5 mm, weight - 280 g. In the condition specified in the figure the temperature of the internal cylinder is constant, the weight of completely equipped container is equal to 773.7651g.

Measurements of weight with a margin error readout of 0.1 mg were also carried out with laboratory scale of XP2004S mark at temperature of air in a working room equal to 19.8 0C, humidity - 31.8 %, pressure - 1022 hPa.

In the course of measurements the container was overturned, then the current value of its weight was registered. In the overturned condition, inside the small cylinder, there is going a process of partial dissolution of crystals NaOH (masse of 5 mg) in distilled water (masse of 6 mg) which is accompanied by heat release. The temperature of the mix in the first seconds of reaction grows by 10 0C, and, as have been shown by special measurements, the average temperature of the internal temperature of the mix in the first seconds of reaction grows by 10 0C, and, as have been shown by special measurements, the average temperature of the internal cylinder, owing to a heat transfer, is smoothly increased by 3-4 0C within the first two-three minutes. A specific feature of the given experiment is that, first, the process of dissolution of crystals of alkali is not accompanied by release of gases and, due to reliable sealing of covers of containers, the release of air from small and big cylinders (and the corresponding handicap to weighing) is absent. Second, due to the big weight of the external cylinder, the temperature of its surface, owing to a heat transfer, increases during the first two minutes by no more than by 0.2 0C. As a result, apparent reduction of weight of the container caused by air convection, which is determined by differences of temperatures of the surface of the container and the ambient air, in the first 2-3 minutes of measurements does not exceed 0.1 mg. High durability of the external cylinder also practically excludes influence of its weak temperature deformations on change of buoyancy of the weighed container.

Figure 7. 1 - experimental time dependence of change of weight of container in the overturned position; 2 - calculated dependence of change of weight of the container with account for influence of temperature air convection; 3 - experimental dependence of temperature of the surface of the external cylinder

Figure 7. shows experimental time dependences of weight of container, temperatures of its surface, and the calculated value of weight caused by temperature convection of air close to the walls of the container. Obviously, the paths of curves 1 and 2 essentially differ, accompanied by a typical sharp fall of weight of the container during the first minutes of measurements.

Let's estimate influence of temperature artefacts on the results of measurements of weights of samples. Change of apparent weight of the container, caused by change of volume of the steel cylinder owing to thermal expansion of its material is equal to

, (1)

where - density of air, - factor of linear expansion of material of the cylinder, - its diameter, - height. Change of apparent weight of the container, caused by deformations of walls of the cylindrical vessel, owing to temperature change of air pressure within its volume, as it is possible to show on the basis of the theory of elasticity [8], is equal to:

(2)

where - thickness of walls, - the modulus of elasticity and - Poissons ratio . The size is connected to change of temperature of air within the volume of the external cylinder , where - normal pressure of atmosphere and - temperature of air in the cylinder. The given estimate is overestimated, as in the second addend of formula 2, describing deformation of face walls of a vessel, such walls are presented by thin membranes; actually, the deflection of end faces is less than it is supposed in conclusion 2.

The change of apparent weight of the container, caused by air convection due to difference of temperatures of surface of the external steel cylinder and temperatures of air in the closed box of analytical balance, will be estimated on the basis of [10] according to which

(3)

where the area of lateral surface of the cylinder is .

In Table 2 the experimental and calculated values of change of weight of container, corresponding to the third minute of measurements are given. In the given calculations the density of air , (obviously overestimated value), .

Table 2.

Calculated Total () and experimental ()

,

,

,

,


,

,

,

mcg

,

mcg

,

mcg

,

mcg

,

mcg

60

62

3.5

18.9

0.36

9

0.22

2.6

290

54

346

640



Obviously, observable (registered) reduction of weights of containers essentially, with account for errors of measurements, exceeds calculated one.


1.4. Experiments of A. P. Shegolev, Fan Liangzao et.al.

In the 90s, Leningrad engineer A.P. Shegolev measured the weight of steel ball heated by radiation of powerful laser being inserted into conical opening in the side of the ball. During heating of the ball weighing 4.2 kg by 300 degrees, its weight decreased by 3 g, which is equal to coefficient of .

Chinese scientists Fan Liangzao, Feng Jinsong and Liu Wu Qing in their experiments demonstrated that with the change of temperature of weighed metal sample from 1000 to 6000 C relative decrease in their weight was 0,5% to 0,8%, which is equal to [5].

Temperature decrease of the weight of metal surfaces deposited in vacuum was outlined in the publication of M. N. Rocklein and S. M. George [6].



1.5. Decrease of the weight of optical fiber during radiation of semiconductor laser also confirms negative temperature dependence of the force of gravity [11,12].

Fluctuation of measurements of balance is being compensated by decrease of temperature of the weight of fiber optics. Vertical lines indicate moments when laser was turned on and off.

Figure 8. Temporary change of the weight of container [12]. Horizontal scale - number of measurement

2. Thermogravimety [8]

At creation of a basic curve the seeming mass of the holder (crucible) in air is equal , where - the mass of a crucible, - its volume and - air density. Temperature change of the seeming weight

, (4)

where , - volume expansion coefficient of material of a crucible.

Lets ; ; .

For numerical estimates we will use results of [9]. Volume coefficient of expansion and, for example, at , the values of coefficients are equal and . As the absolute values , the main contribution to the seeming change of mass of a crucible is made by the effects of buoyancy described by coefficient . Obviously, the consent of the experimental and provided settlement data is possible only at This fact directly confirms the negative temperature dependence of weight of bodies. Temperature change of weight of the holder, it is generally connected with change of temperature of a porcelain crucible, the assessment of size of relative temperature change of the weight of porcelain from where follows the Sign and an order of the specified size correspond to data of measurements of physical temperature dependence of weight of metals [3-6], and PZT-ceramic [10].

3. Form of the channel of glow discharge

Arched form of glow discharge which temperature reaches several thousand degrees, under pressure of 0.1 atmosphere and amperage of 30-70mA (Figure 9), is a consequence of temperature dependence of gravity affecting the discharge plasma. In [13,14] it is shown that form of such glow discharge is affected by gravity field pushing plasma, which demonstrates the effect of temperature on the force of gravitation.

Figure 9. Arched form of glow discharge

Simple Phenomenological Model of negative temperature dependence of the gravity force [3,7,10]

Proceeding from the principle of inertness of mechanical system, that is, its tendency to preserve the stable state, accelerated under action of external, for example, elastic force of movement of a test body downwards should cause an increment of acceleration of the gravity applied to a body which is directed from the centre of the Earth. On the contrary, the accelerated movement of a trial body upwards is accompanied by increase of acceleration of the gravity applied to a body by value . Values and , generally speaking, can be different. Change of acceleration of the gravity acting on a body, moving with acceleration under influence of the elastic force, in the elementary (linear) approximation, is represented as

, (5)

where symbols mean passing and a contrary , in relation to a direction of vector of normal acceleration of a gravity, orientation of a vertical projection of vector of acceleration of external forces, and factors and characterize a degree of change of values .

Figure 10. (a) Changes in gravity force acceleration acting on test body while body is falling down with acceleration;
(b) Changes in gravity force acceleration while body is moving up with acceleration
.

If the body under action of the external, electromagnetic in nature, elastic force makes harmonious oscillations along a vertical with frequency and amplitude , the average for the period of fluctuations value of change of acceleration of free falling (AFF) of such mechanical oscillator is equal to the sum of average changes of AFF in movement of a body passing and contrary to vector ,

, (6)

and at constant it is equal

. (7)

From 3, it follows that at , the average acceleration of free falling of mechanical oscillator, for example, a rotor with a horizontal axis of rotation, is less than value of normal acceleration of the gravity force. The reduction, averaged on several series of the measurements of the apparent weight of a rotor with horizontal axis, was observed in experiment [7], by results of which for the material of a rotor (stainless steel) it is possible to approximately estimate the order of value of difference .

If to consider as the mentioned above trial body a microparticle of a solid body bound together by forces of interatomic interaction with other similar particles, formulas 1-3 allow to explain influence of temperature on acceleration of free falling (weight) of such body. Thermal movement of microparticles of a solid body is accompanied by their significant accelerations, in so doing, the average value of a projection of these accelerations on a vertical is proportional to average speed of chaotic movement of microparticles. In a classical approximation, at a body temperature higher than the one of Debye-temperatures, the acceleration is in direct ratio to a square root from an absolute body temperature , where - the factor dependent on physical properties of a material.

In one-dimensional approximation, we can consider a test body as a chain of microparticles bound by elastic forces

, (8)

where - speed of a longitudinal acoustic wave in a solid test body and - its density.

Formally, having replaced in equation (6) the average for the period of fluctuations magnitude of acceleration with average acceleration of particles , we shall present the temperature dependence of weight of a body as

, (9)

where - weight of a body, . Negative temperature dependence of weight of not-magnetic metal samples at close to normal () temperatures of bodies experimentally proves to be true, in so doing, the relative change of weight for a unit of temperature

, (10)

is equal to several units [3,4].

The typical increase of value along with reduction of density of a sample material is observed that is in agreement with (4), Table 1 (we should note that outside the limits of considered classical approximation, for example, at close to zero absolute temperatures of bodies, formulas 5,6 are not satisfied).

Weight of oscillator in a variable field of gravitation

Ballistic gravimeters with the test body executed in the form of a mechanical rotor with a horizontal axis of rotation should also be considered as new and perspective means of high-frequency (HF) gravimetry [11]. Rotary motion corresponds to two oscillatory motions of the rotor particles along the orthogonal axis of coordinates. The accelerated harmonic motion of the rotor particles on a vertical is characterized by an infinite set of time derivates. In these condition the interaction of such rotor with a non-stationary gravitational field of the Earth can have a specific, not trivial character. Such researches will promote obtaining the new data on dynamic characteristics and specific features of the gravitational field of the Earth.

We will note that square dependence shows that changes of weight of the oscillator will be considerable owing to thermal fluctuations of particles of material of the oscillator which frequency is in hyper-sound area.

Some interesting and deserving attention results turn out at calculations of change of weight of the mechanical oscillator which is freely falling in a variation field of gravitation.

We shall present elementary time dependence as , (11)

where frequency of changes of FFA value, - their relative amplitude, - the phase. Acceleration of the material point making harmonious oscillations along a vertical with amplitude is equal to

(12)

where - frequency of oscillations.

The averages for oscillation half-cycle of values of changes of accelerations and are equal to

(13)

(14)

The relative change of FFA of the oscillator, in view of 3, shall be presented as

(15)

where , and frequency function is equal t (16)

here and .

Examples of frequency functions at various parameters , and both low values of are shown in Figure 11.

Figure 11. Frequency functions at low values of argument ; relative amplitude of fluctuations of FFA .



Examples of frequency functions at various parameters , and both low (a) and high (b) values of are shown in Figure 12 and Figure 13 a,b.

Figure 12. Examples of frequency functions at high values of argument ; relative amplitude of fluctuations of FFA .

a.

b.

Figure 13. Examples of frequency functions at the high values of argument ; . - relative amplitude of FFA fluctuations , b. - .



Obviously, the sign and a general view of functions essentially depend on parameters . According to estimations given above, in the calculations, is assumed. The given calculated dependences show that even at small, with relative value of about the 100-th fractions of percent, amplitudes of fluctuations in value of normal acceleration of the gravity of the Earth, the weight of mechanical oscillator can be changed appreciably.

At frequencies of oscillations, with an order of the frequency of own FFA fluctuations, in area , the weight of oscillator periodically changes with frequency, and sign and values of such changes essentially depend on a difference of phases of oscillations (see Figure 11). At high () frequencies of oscillator, the monotonous dependence of average weight of oscillator on frequency of its fluctuations is taking place, with influence of phase being insignificant (Figure 13. b). Such reduction of weight of oscillator at high frequencies of fluctuations will agree with negative temperature dependence of weight of bodies as the frequencies of thermal fluctuations of microparticles of solid state bodies are rather high and lie in the field of the hypersound.

Obviously, the sign and a general view of functions essentially depend on parameters . According to estimations [7], in the calculations, is assumed. The given calculated dependences show that even at small, for example, with relative value of about the 100-th fractions of percent, amplitudes of fluctuations in value of normal acceleration of the gravity of the Earth, the weight of mechanical oscillator can be changed appreciably.

At frequencies of oscillations, with an order of the frequency of own fluctuations of FFA, in area , the weight of oscillator periodically changes with sign and values of such changes essentially depending on a difference of phases of oscillations and FFA (Figure 11).

6. Experimental Dependence of Acceleration of Free Falling Rotor

Experimental check of the dependence of average weight of the above-considered oscillator on frequency of its fluctuations can be executed, measuring the instant values of acceleration of free falling rotor [11]. Mechanical rotor is the system of the accelerated, moving on a circular trajectory microparticles, forming a solid state body, and linked to each other by forces of elasticity. With horizontal orientation of rotor rotation axis, the vertical component of trajectories of movement of particles of the rotor corresponds to the oscillations of such particles considered in [3,7].

Measurements of instant values of free falling acceleration of the closed container with the rotor of vacuum mechanical gyroscope fixed inside are described in [11,15]. The rotor (mass is 250 g ) gathered momentum up to the maximal frequency 400 Hz , then during the run out time (about 22 min) its frequency smoothly decreased, the container was periodically dropped down, and by method of falling scale, the instant values of acceleration of free falling of the container were measured. The example the frequency dependence of change of acceleration of free falling container with a rotor fixed inside it, and with horizontally positioned axis of rotor is shown in Figure 14.

Figure 14. The frequency dependence of free falling acceleration of the container with horizontally positioned rotor; the changes of AFF ( Gal ) relatively to the value of AFF with the stopped rotor have been shown.

Experimental researches into free falling mechanical oscillators (rotors, vibrators) will allow to bring the necessary specifications into the offered models, to determine the borders of their applicability, and to prove more strictly the size parameters introduced into these models. Such researches will promote obtaining the new data on dynamic characteristics and specific features of the gravitational field of the Earth.

7. Orbital space experiment

Laboratory measurements of effect of temperature on the force of gravity were conducted with thorough consideration of the effect of different disturbances (thermal expansion of bodies, Archimedean force, air convection, electric and magnetic fields, etc.). Experimental error of the value of temperature coefficient was approximately several ones to dozen %. High accuracy of measurements of temperature dependence of the force of gravity may be achieved in proposed space experiment. In essence such experiment proposes to fix position of heated sample body being placed in the orbit of Earth satellite [15,16].

With constant velocity of the orbital movement of the body, changes of acceleration of gravity applied to the body correlated to the change of its gravitational (inert) mass, cause proportional changes of the radius of its orbit,

. (17)

According to (1), with positive , heating of the body will affect decrease of the radius of its geocentric orbit. Specifically in relative approximation

. (18)

If on near Earth orbit across its radius there are two bodies and the temperature of one of the bodies changes, physical temperature dependence of the force of gravity (free fall acceleration) will be the cause of the change of relative position of such bodies. With carrier radius close to average radius of Earth , relative radial offset of the sample, i.e. heated to 1000 C, is equal to about . For higher orbits temperature shift of the weight increases. Modern sensors measure shift of surfaces much lower than stated value (fractions of nanometers).

Principal scheme of measuring module is shown on Figure 15.

 15

Figure 15. The device of the measuring system. 1 - case; 2 - test mass with electric heater; 3 - membrane spring; 4 - displacement meter

Space method of measurements will allow to determine the value of temperature coefficient of the weight change with precision higher than , which is enough for measurement of both relative and non-relative effects.

Conclusion

Temperature dependence of the force of gravity is still an object of scientific discussions. High precision terrestrial and space experiments in this area will clarify the problem. They will accelerate progress of both physics of gravity and its practical applications.

References

Shaw P. E. and Davy N. The Effect of Temperature on Gravitative Attraction, (1923) Phys. Rev. V. 21(6), pp. 680-691.

Dmitriev A. Temperature Dependence of Gravitational Force: Experiments, Astrophysics, Perspectives. arXiv: physics/0611173, 20 Nov. 2006.

Dmitriev A. L., Nikushchenko E. M. and Snegov V. S. Influence of the Temperature of a Body on its Weight, (2003) Measurement Techniques, V. 46, No 2, pp. 115-120.

Dmitriev A. L., Experimental Study of Gravity Force Temperature Dependence (2007), 8-th International Conference of General Relativity and Gravitation (GRG-18), Sydney, Abstract Book, pp. 77-78.

Fan Liangzao, Feng Jinsong, Liu Wuqing, An experiment discovery about gravitational force changes in materials due to temperature variation, (2010) Engineering Sciences (China), 8 (2).

Rocklein M. N., George S. M., Temperature-Induced Apparent Mass Changes Observed during Quartz Crystal Microbalance Measurements of Atomic Layer Deposition, (2003) Analytical Chemistry. V 75. 19. pp. 4975-4982.

Dmitriev A. L., Bulgakova S. A. Negative Temperature Dependence of Gravity A Reality, (2013) Proc. WASET. Issue 79. pp. 1560-1565.

Dmitriev A. L., Thermogravimetry and the negative temperature dependence of gravity, (2015) Applied Physics Research, V. 7, No 6, pp. 43-48.

Wendlandt, W. Thermal Methods of Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1974.

Dmitriev, A. L. Physical substantiation of an opportunity of artificial change of body weight, Physics Procedia, 2012, Vol. 38, pp. 150-163.

Dmitriev A. L. Prospects of high-frequency gravimetry. Proc. of the International Conference APSAC 2015, Vienna, Austria, March 15-17, 2015. pp 237 240. International Journal of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing. Vol. 9. pp. 275-280 (2015).

Dmitriev A. L., Chesnokov N. N., Reduction of the weight of optical fiber during distribution of laser radiation, (2018) Proc. VII International Conference on Photonics and Information Optics, Moscow, pp. 224-227.

Dmitriev A. L., Nikushchenko E. M., On the Shape of the Glow Discharge Channel, (2017) Technical Physics, V. 62, No. 5, pp. 816817.

Dmitriev A. L., Nikushchenko E. M., Expulsion of Plasma in a Gravitational Field, (2016) Applied Physics Research, V. 8, No 2, pp. 38-39.

Dmitriev A. L., Physical Gravity (2018), Pechatnyj Ceh. Publ., SPb, 240 p.

Dmitriev A. L., in Proc. XII All-Russ. Conference Innovation Techn., V. 1, pp. 64-67, SPb (2020).

A.L. Dmitriev   Galileo Galilei   George Nikitin   Physicists