Vortex Trap

All magnetic traps rely somewhat on vortex effects but this particular trap uses a vortex a bit more actively. The vortex trap uses something called the "vortex tube phenomenon".

Following is a description of the vortex tube phenomenon from the Vortec web site at:


"Vortex Tube Phenomenon

The vortex tube was discovered in 1930 by French physicist Georges Ranque. Vortec was the first company to develop this phenomenon into practical, effective cooling solutions for industrial appliacations. Here's how it works.

Fluid that rotates about an axis -- like a tornado -- is called a vortex. A vortex tube creates a vortex from compressed air and separates it into two air streams -- one hot and one cold. Compressed air enters a cylindrical generator which is proportionately larger than the hot (long) tube where it causes the air to rotate. Then, the rotating air is forced down the inner walls of the hot tube at speeds reaching 1,000,000 rpm. At the end of the hot tube, a small portion of this air exits through a needle valve as hot air exhaust. The remaining air is forced back through the center of the incoming air stream at a slower speed. The heat in the slower moving air is transferred to the faster moving incoming air. This super-cooled air flows through the center of the generator and exits through the cold air exhaust port."

Vortex tubes can also be used to separate oil from water. When oil and water are spun together in a vortex tube the water, being heavier tends to follow the path of the hot air in the example cited above and the oil being lighter follows the cold air path and exits through the cold air exhaust port.

A magnetic ORMUS trap separates the portion of water which is superconducting ORMUS material from that portion which is just plain water. In the example above, the water would follow the hot air path and the ORMUS water would follow the cold air path. This effect is induced by spinning the water in a tube which has magnetic tape or other magnetic structures attached to it. Here is a vortex trap made of transparent acrylic with the inner vortex clearly visible:

The materials used to make a non-transparent PVC version of this trap cost less than $20. They are as follows:

Main Vortrap parts

Cross Section View of Vortex Trap (Not Drawn to Scale)

Main Vortrap parts in an exploded view

Tools required:

Pipe deburring tool
and 1 5/16" hole saw


Notch/Slot Detail

View of pipe end showing
the taper on the inside

Inlet end parts ready for assembly

Your finished vortex trap should look something like this.

You use this trap by hooking the hose adapter to a hose and adjusting the pressure going in so that you get a good vortex of water coming out of the coupler end of the trap and a slow drip of "water" out the end of the polyethylene tube. You can also adjust the tapered rod in and out of the coupler in order to get things just right.


And here is a picture of his 56 magnet configuration:

The magnets are  Radio Shack  "High Energy" magnets as advertised in their catalogue (pn: RS 640-1877).  They measue 3/8 inch deep,  7/8 inch wide, and 1 7/8 inches long and are made of strontium ferrite.  The data sheet specifies they are 3800 gauss per sqare inch with an attraction force of about 8 pounds. This makes it necessary to tape them very securely. If allowed to snap together they will break. He purchased a quantity (50) from Radio Shack ONLINE for a 10% discount. Locally they will usually have up to 10 on hand. They cost $.99 each  but they seem to be out of stock.