I decided to trade in the project log for a big bang at the end. ... Tune in soon for final pics, the fabrication story, technical specifics, hardware selection and some pretty badass motion graphics.
Aerogel Recipe said:9) Once gel has set, soak under ethanol for 24hrs.
10) Replace ethanol and allow to soak for 5-7days, changing ethanol every 36hrs
11) Supercritically dry the gel.
a) Transfer gel into the super critical dryer (at your own risk).
b) Replace the atmosphere with CO2 (at your own risk, lol).
c) Begin to heat the atmosphere in the dryer. (you're not reading this are you?)
d) Heat the CO2 past its critical point (31.1°C and 72.9 bars) to ~45°C . (goodluck)
e) Maintaining a pressure of ~100 bars. (???)
f) Depressurize at ~7 bar h-1. (profit)
12) If you're still alive, remove gel from the supercritical dryer and machine to spec.
@fluke420 - Once I get the large dryer operational and I have this all figured out, I'm going to try and make tritriated aerogel. Tritiated aerogel is one of the most luminous forms of tritium, and should have a nice healthy electricity-free glow for the next 75years or so. Much brighter than the glow you'd expect from something like an insert. I'll be using 'quantum dots' to shift the color with quantum containment bandgap effects. Moving more specifically the aerogel composition will be a "tritiated superconducting silica nanoparticle quantum-dot aerogel" (muahahaha?).