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FIRESTORM - Inventor Bob Krupa "LIVE" interview

Hi everyone,

I just saw some information on the "Firestorm" spark plugs invented by Bob Krupa, CEO of Century Development International that is very thought provoking.

This is a "LIVE" interview by "SmartScarecrow" of the Scare Crow Show on March 11, 2010 ..... approximately 71:48 ( 71 minutes, 48 seconds ) long but well worth it.

20100311 - Interview w/Robert Krupa - Firestorm spark plug, Interview with the inventor of the firestorm spark plug, Robert Krupa. SmartScarecrow on USTREA...
[server loads real slow ..... interview starts at 9.26 minutes in]

Things of interest .....

FIRESTORM spark plug operates at a 30 to 1 air to fuel ratio ( optimum 24 to 1 ) 90 to 1 possible

FIRESTORM needs 1.25 joules of ignition power ( crane cam ignitions ) @ 33:00
[ MSD .6 joules power not enough - stock "Standard" ignition .25 joules ]

FIRESTORM spark plug center "Electrode" is a one piece cast ball not machined

FIRESTORM spark plug threaded base and electrode is a alloy 1 % birrilum 98% copper

FIRESTORM plasma ark not spark

FIRESTORM spark plug exploding water as fuel using 5 to 6 joules of ignition power @ 45:00

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Robert Kurpa's Firestorm Plugs

Hi everyone,

There is a thread started by Aaron quite some time ago here at Energetic with more details on patent information, replication data and video references ..... this is the link ....

Robert Kurpa's Firestorm Plugs

It does appear possibly some revised design changes have happened regarding the metal material being used in the electrode and threaded base.

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awesome interview, been wondering what happened to him since 2007
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Glen thanks so much for posting this man, have updated all the docs for all
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Most interesting quote ....

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Hi everyone,

There is a thread started by Aaron quite some time ago here at Energetic with more details on patent information, replication data and video references ..... this is the link ....

Robert Kurpa's Firestorm Plugs

It does appear possibly some revised design changes have happened regarding the metal material being used in the electrode and threaded base.

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When i was listening to that was the guy stated that you could fix the spark plug that was on the market if you just used a Dremel tool to take the spark plugs they did not produce correctly then modify it.
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When i was listening to that was the guy stated that you could fix the spark plug that was on the market if you just used a Dremel tool to take the spark plugs they did not produce correctly then modify it.
I think the spark plugs that were referred to were the Splitfire and/or NGK V-Power brands with the split electrode.

The other interesting thing that Bob Krupa mentioned was the new design using the 1% Beryllium 98% Copper alloy and that the manufacturing could be done in a jewelery store where Goldsmith work is done. "WHAT A HINT" !!!

This would mean that the new electrode and threaded base with the basket is being made through a "Investment Casting" process the same as Goldsmiths and some specialized industries uses for finished cast parts.

Investment casting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The basic equipment needed to manufacture this type of "Firestorm" spark plug in small quantities is the same as a Goldsmith .....

Jewelry Making Supplies | Casting - Beading Supplies, Metal Working Tools

And here's one of the big players I've actually done some work with in their wax casting rooms renovation years ago located in Portland, Oregon. They specialize in Commercial and Military Turbine Aircraft or Generation Blades & Vanes, Cruse Missile components, Medical prosthesis joint replacements and many other products.

Precision Castparts Corp. Home Page
Waxes - Argueso

So this is actually easier than welding a bunch of small parts together for a finished product ..... these two parts can be cast with little to no machining, with possibly only a rolled edge needed at the time of assembly at the top of the threaded base and basket. This is to hold in the insulator and pre installed electrode assembly using some kind of high temperature silicone one way jacket sealing "O" rings internally.

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Firestorm

I guess all my comments and test data from the time I spent with Krupa in Utah got throw out or edited out. Krupa is still living out of his car or living in people's RV's. Currently he is down near Bullhead city working with the doctor who is working on the Air turbine.

6 months of building and testing Firestorm, and over 200k American dollars, the results were null and void. There was no gain in horsepower, nor was there any mileage gain, nor did Krupa ever show any documentation form Lotus engineering and their tests of running an engine at over 24:1 on the Firestorm plugs. Our investor finally gave up on the project.

Bob is now looking for new investment into the plug but still has not show any test data nor anyone who could confirm the test results he still claims are valid.

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I guess all my comments and test data from the time I spent with Krupa in Utah got throw out or edited out. Krupa is still living out of his car or living in people's RV's. Currently he is down near Bullhead city working with the doctor who is working on the Air turbine.

6 months of building and testing Firestorm, and over 200k American dollars, the results were null and void. There was no gain in horsepower, nor was there any mileage gain, nor did Krupa ever show any documentation form Lotus engineering and their tests of running an engine at over 24:1 on the Firestorm plugs. Our investor finally gave up on the project.

Bob is now looking for new investment into the plug but still has not show any test data nor anyone who could confirm the test results he still claims are valid.

Tad
Hi UncleFester,

I'm sorry I missed this, GOLLY !!! ..... after reading your posts in the other threads here at just Energetic Forum there is a better understanding from me on your statement here. I find it interesting that through Bob's patent where he was trying to cover every possible way a spark plug threaded base with basket configuration could be made, and then lets the patent laps.

Plus the information from a accredited automobile manufacture as Lotus engineering on their testing of prototypes in their facility and Bob using excuses to never show the air to fuel and horsepower gains supposedly documented by Lotus on the testing.

Then to use the lapsed patent and the never seen before testing documentation to acquire $200,000.00 from a investor for advancing the invention ..... WOW !!!

Thanks for this information !!

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Hi Glen,

Yeah, I was very disappointed. I wanted this to work so badly that I dreamt about it every night and what it could do for the world. I was called in by the investor to build the circuitry for testing the plugs in a pressurized nitrogen chamber. We had 50k frames per second cameras set up to view what was happening inside a combustion chamber with the Firestorm plugs. I built many different driver setups because Bob always said I was not building them right for the tests, although he had no electronics experience to show what he wanted me to build. So I built variable 1-500 Hz pulse generator capable of driving ignition coils up to 450 volts. I also added a capacitor discharge diode string to dump large amounts of current (up to 120 joules). I also built a multiple spark discharge system capable of up to 10 joules per discharge.

We were getting massive plasma balls built up inside the plug cage/ball, but there was nothing special about the plugs in general. Even though Beryllium copper is a fairly tough alloy (toxic too though), it could not handle repeated discharges in the 5 to 10 joule range without sublimating the material, therefore the plugs would have short lives under these conditions. The claim that the plugs would never wear out is entirely false.

The other problem I had was that the cage design was actually hindering the formation for larger amounts of plasma because the plasma ball would reach outside the cage only slightly and never extend further. I was in the lab one night after everyone went home and I took a very inexpensive champion plug and took the resistor out, made a stud to slip into the ceramic body, and cut the J-electrode off. I found this plug performed far better than the Firestorm. It would develop large amounts of plasma (almost twice what the Firestorm was capable of) because it had nothing on the end of the plug to hinder large formations of plasma. I was tried and left the lab but forgot to pull the Champion plug from the chamber. The next day the investor and Bob came in and fired up the test I still had set up from the night before. When I came in shortly after they were running the tests, the investor looked at me and said "Why are we working on the Firestorm? This modified Champion plug works much better!". I of course had no answer for him and was embarrassed that I had left the setup intact from the previous night.

After that it was all downhill. Bob was trying to hold onto this investor money in any way he could even though the Firestorm's performance was mediocre at best. I kept telling Bob that whatever the results were we needed to not embellish the results just to keep the investor on the hook. This investor was a super nice man who put us up in a brand new condo in Provo, Utah. Gave us spending money somewhere in the $3500 per month each, and took care of all other expenses. I was ashamed that Bob would string this guy out by continually promising him miraculous results that we could not show. Bob never showed us any data from Lotus engineering, which was very fishy. Normally you get printouts of not only air/fuel ratio's but also horsepower and emissions data. This is STANDARD for any high end dynomometer running in a well known laboratory. Nor could Bob give us any contact that could confirm the test data he had apparently accumulated over many apparent test runs of the plugs in vehicles.

We finally got access to Utah Valley University and their awesome equipment to run tests in an actual car. We put the highest end ignition drivers from MSD that we could get (they cost us somewhere in the 500 dollar range). They were 5 joule output per unit and we had two units. This should have been more than enough energy to make the plugs work to optimum. We ran a modified computer in Bob's T-bird that would allow us to vary the air fuel ratio all the way up to 60:1. The car ran good at normal air/fuel ratios, but when we ran it on the dyno and started to lean it out it would misfire and the hydrocarbon emissions would go through the roof showing we were not burning the fuel once it became leaner than 20:1. We ran test after test showing the same thing. bob blamed it on how the plugs were machined (they were flawlessly machined on really nice CNC equipment, highly polished finished etc. Then he would blame it on the electronics from MSD, not enough power, even though we already knew that the plugs fired fine on 5 joules or even less (down to 1.5 joules was fine for plasma formation).

Horsepower was the same across all tests, with normal plugs and stock ignition we got 125 horsepower out of the stock V-8. With MSD ignition we got 125 horsepower. And with Firestorm and MSD ignition we got 125 horsepower. Emissions improved about ten percent with the MSD ignition regardless of what plugs we used. Idle was much smoother with the aftermarket ignitions regardless of the plugs used.

We put the plugs into the investors Toyota Tundra V-8 and the computer was constantly giving us error codes for Ignition malfunction. This is because the plugs have no resistor to help with transients. We found that if these plugs were used in normal vehicles with computers they would need to modify the computer system with better transient protection or the computer would malfunction or fail due the the stray transients the plugs and ignition would create. Also on coil over plug systems it would require a re-design of the coil system so that topping capacitors or diode strings could be used for form plasma. These would require working directly with automotive manufacturers and would require millions of dollars to change the ignition systems and would require many hundred of hours to re-engineer the systems. This would be difficult to convince the auto manufacturers to do, and also would be difficult to get them to pay to do it on top of giving Bob a royalty form the sales of the system.

So all in all it's a pipe dream that has no basis in fact. As sad as it sounds I still think Bob is a decent guy, he just throws wild claims out without thinking of the consequences or how much money might be wasted chasing something that was never proven even on paper before starting tests. All this data on our tests I still have along with footage of the Dyno tests etc. I still have the circuitry we used to test these plugs, it has all been sitting in boxes.

I'm sorry the results did not back up the claims, and there is another angel investor who will probably never invest in "alternative energy". But those are the facts and truths we found while working on this system.

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P.S. We also used the Firestorm in some waterspark experiments. But they perform the same as any cheap plug used on the normal Waterspark thread in this forum. This was also a shame because I was hoping the plugs would produce enough pressure with water to drive a piston, but they did not. It would fire the water just like any other plug and then the water would reform and turn into either atmospheric, or a slight vacuum in the chamber. We made high speed footage of this which is very interesting to watch. It's almost like a fireworks display when viewing the ultra high speed camera footage in slow motion.

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Then its now down to Rosco's and Robins plugs I can say that they work
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Many thanks for the information . It is weird that misfire happen. I thought plug with many alternative spark path will have no more missfire. I have sanded an aftermarket three leg spark plug and have satisfying result. Maybe a halo around center electrode is better.
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Many thanks for the information . It is weird that misfire happen. I thought plug with many alternative spark path will have no more missfire. I have sanded an aftermarket three leg spark plug and have satisfying result. Maybe a halo around center electrode is better.
The misfire was happening because the mixture was too lean. I still to this day have never seen a vehicle run with a leaner mixture than 24:1, other than the Honda lean burn systems.

The best design I have found for plasma is a plug that has no metal above the center electrode. Just the center electrode alone with a large space between it and the ground side seems to build large volumes of plasma. Anything above the center electrode seems to hinder plasma production when it is viewed at high speed. The camera footage shows plasma develop as the spark makes contact between the center electrode and the plug body, then a plasma stream develops and builds to it's maximum. If there is something above the center electrode the plasma reaches that point and hits it, when this happens it tries to push around it, but since the J-electrode is a ground point it's like it's hitting a brick wall and cannot develop the plasma ball further.

P.S. The ball electrode design had major problems in that it would vibrate under combustion and eventually the ball would break off and fall into the cylinder until it finally got around the exhaust valve. The plugs also developed fractures in the ceramic surrounding the center stud that the ball is connected to. When the ball vibrates it cracks the ceramic and causes pieces of ceramic to fall into the cylinder until they get pushed out the exhaust port. This problem occurred with the latest design that had a larger center ball electrode.

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The plugs also developed fractures in the ceramic
surrounding the center stud that the ball is connected to.
UncleFester,
Can you shed some light on what us mere mortals (Consumers)
might purchase over the counter to substitute fired ceramic ?

I just hung up with an epoxy manufacture I called,
I was discussing embedded ceramic compounds.

Non have high enough dielectric strength to handle
the continuous high temps and voltage same time.

Thank you in advance.
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Can you shed some light on what us mere mortals (Consumers)
might purchase over the counter to substitute fired ceramic ?

I just hung up with an expoxy manufacture I called,
I was discussing embedded ceramic compounds.

Non have high enough dielectric strength to handle
the continuous high temps and voltage same time.

Thank you in advance.
I would have to look again at what we used as the ceramic but I believe it was a zirconium based product, very hard and can be purchased in pre-fired rods or powder but I believe it had to be fired at very high temperatures. We were cutting it with diamond tools to test how difficult it would be to cut and it was very difficult.
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Ouch, wow, OK then.....

I'll persue alternative pathways...lol.

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Thank you for your timely reply.



I've seen a few experimenters around
that mixed powders with their epoxy .

Firebox repair epoxy I think it was called.

But I suspect it would fail in the long run.



Does anyone else here know of any suitable substance?

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Firestorm Spark Plugs & Bob Kruppa

I seem to be writing on top of someone elses comment but, I actually spoke to Bob Kruppa a couple of years ago and he was looking for investors and had apparently found someone to manufacture the plug in Brazil I believe, however, he sounded like he had a little buzz going, and it was hard to make sense of much of what he was saying. Consequently, I have heard time and again that he is going to get it to market but something keeps holding him back...I wonder what forces could possibly be in the way of such an important automotive breakthrough? Who would stand to loose the most if these plugs became available? Almost instantly, all other plugs would become obsolete, hundreds of millions of additional gallons of gas would not be sold. Hmmm, who might be influencing this delay. I think he discovered the plug close to 20 years ago... I don't think we will be seeing this plug on the market until the oil industry people no longer control our country. kem













I just saw some information on the "Firestorm" spark plugs invented by Bob Krupa, CEO of Century Development International that is very thought provoking.

This is a "LIVE" interview by "SmartScarecrow" of the Scare Crow Show on March 11, 2010 ..... approximately 71:48 ( 71 minutes, 48 seconds ) long but well worth it.

20100311 - Interview w/Robert Krupa - Firestorm spark plug, Interview with the inventor of the firestorm spark plug, Robert Krupa. SmartScarecrow on USTREA...
[server loads real slow ..... interview starts at 9.26 minutes in]

Things of interest .....

FIRESTORM spark plug operates at a 30 to 1 air to fuel ratio ( optimum 24 to 1 ) 90 to 1 possible

FIRESTORM needs 1.25 joules of ignition power ( crane cam ignitions ) @ 33:00
[ MSD .6 joules power not enough - stock "Standard" ignition .25 joules ]

FIRESTORM spark plug center "Electrode" is a one piece cast ball not machined

FIRESTORM spark plug threaded base and electrode is a alloy 1 % birrilum 98% copper

FIRESTORM plasma ark not spark

FIRESTORM spark plug exploding water as fuel using 5 to 6 joules of ignition power @ 45:00

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