Motor Lab Notebook

Motor Lab Experimental Series FSA001A

Objective of this series of experiments: Finding an Electromagnetic Analog for the Falaco Soliton Water Wormhole.

R.M Kiehn's Full PDF Scientific Paper:

Fluid dynamic analog of  EM phenomena  (Aether Theory):

Further links and readings:

Demonstration Video: Creating the Falaco Soliton in a swimming pool: (14 mb download!)

The Falaco Soliton water vortices rotate in opposite directions relative to each other on the flat surface of the water. It has been experimentally determined but is not immediately evident from watching the video that the rotating pairs are dynamically connected by a (nearly) 1 dimensional "stringlike" feature that the discoverer (R.M. Kiehn) describes as a "wormhole".

Note also the similarity of the counter rotating Falaco Soliton vortices effect to the technical description of "eddy currents" induced in a spinning disk by a stationary magnetic (B) field positioned perpendicular to the disk:


Note that in a model of a 3 dimensional finite surface topology Falaco Soliton (animation, below) that the rotation of the fluid around the two "dimples" is in the same direction:  

Related Background Information:

Bermuda Triangle Spinning Compass anomaly:


This area extends from Bermuda to the Southern tip of Florida, through the Bahamas past Puerto Rico, and then back to Bermuda. Is best known for over 100 airplane disappearances and over 1000 lives lost since 1945. Critics argue that sea piracy or bad weather is often to blame, however not much in the way of bodies or debris have been recovered. Some of the more interesting aspects of this area include: great ocean trenches of up to seven miles in depth, violent storms and hurricanes, unpredictable tidal like waves on calm seas generated by underground earthquakes, curious false bottom readings, and glowing streaks of luminescent fish or minerals. One general and common distress message which has been received during loss of ships and planes has been the reported observation of a spinning compass. "

Spinning compass anomaly problematic:

The statement of the problem is as follows:

"Consider a compass needle that is free to rotate in a periodically reversing magnetic field which is  perpendicular to the axis of the needle. The equation of motion of the needle is given by

Where   f is the angle of the needle with respect to a fixed axis along the field, m is the magnetic moment of the needle, I is its moment of inertia, and B0 and w are the amplitude and the angular frequency of the magnetic field, respectively. One can choose an appropriate numerical method for solving above equation and the Poincare map at time t = 2p/w.  One can verify that if the parameter
 is greater than 1, then the system exhibits chaotic motion."

Quoted from :

It would seem at first, that an ordinary two phase (90 deg.) rotating magnetic field should be able to produce the effect of spinning a compass needle within the area of influence of the field. 

Previous Experiment by Frank Stenger (NASA Research engineer, ret.)


2 phase 90 degree start currents passed through the stator windings of an AC motor can produce directional torque and the rotation of an aluminum cylinder placed within the bore:

*As noted by Stenger, above, this is a 2 pole motor. However, there are "start" windings orthogonal to the run windings creating a phase difference amounting to effectively 4 poles as the power is initially applied. This consists of a capacitor in series with the start windings,  that causes a phase difference to get the rotor (in this case a Pepsi can on a spindle) moving in a particular direction, Clockwise or Counter clockwise. Once the can starts rotating however, the start winding is cut out of the circuit and the spin angular momentum of the can keeps it going in the same direction,  and thereafter the rotation is maintained by Lenz's law of opposing currents. This law states that eddy currents generated in the metal of the can by the run windings tend to oppose the currents that created them.  

*Check Errata link reference 1 for Frank Stenger's comment on the above

Question: Would the same arrangement work if a compass needle, instead of an aluminum cylinder placed in the bore? 

Answer: We were not  sure, however it seemed reasonable to try a 4 pole arrangement for the purposes of creating a motor that runs on a continual phase shift between adjacent poles. Two deflection yokes from junked color TV sets were obtained for this purpose. The two deflection yokes were connected to the power system as diagrammed here:

At first, a standard quadrature (90 deg.) phase power signal was applied to ch1 and ch 2. as shown in the scope shot monitoring the applied voltages below:


Result of experimental run 1: 

The application of this kind of signal did not result in the rotation of the compass needle!


The needle appeared to vibrate at various frequencies of the two phase signal shown above, from 40 to approximately 400 hz,.but the needle seemed nested into a position orthogonal to the vertical field windings. Generally, the lower the frequency, the more pronounced the vibration was. The overall appearance of this vibration effect was to rock the needle back and forth only a few degrees from the center position.

Experimental Run 2:

It was decided to try Amplitude modulating the input signal and phase shift the modulations.

Amplitude signal modulation parameters:

                                Channel 1                               Channel 2

Frequency                  40 hz                                     40 hz

Phase                          0 deg                                    90 deg

Peak Amplitude           0 dbFS                                  0 dbFS

Depth                         100 %                                   100 %

Period  (sec)                 .33                                        .33

Scope appearance of amplitude modulation of waveform: 

Result of Experimental run 2:

Rotation of Compass needle observed and recorded digitally:

Rotating Compass Needle Movie (AVI)

Optimal Frequency, Phase and Counter - Rotation Tests (next page)

Possible Cosmic Dynamo (Falaco?) Soliton configurations (astronomy/Pulsars):


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