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Old 03-27-2020, 04:26 PM   #1
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Nuclear Fusion

This looks promising. It is still far off from being a reality, but the science is interesting:

https://journals.aps.org/pre/abstrac...evE.101.013204


While fission, along with other green technologies like wind and solar, are going to continue to provide clean energy for the future, the gold standard of clean and unlimited energy would be fusion. This technology seems like a much more viable than what we have been trying:

https://newatlas.com/energy/hb11-hyd...-clean-energy/

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Here's how HB11 describes its "deceptively simple" approach: the design is "a largely empty metal sphere, where a modestly sized HB11 fuel pellet is held in the center, with apertures on different sides for the two lasers. One laser establishes the magnetic containment field for the plasma and the second laser triggers the ‘avalanche’ fusion chain reaction. The alpha particles generated by the reaction would create an electrical flow that can be channeled almost directly into an existing power grid with no need for a heat exchanger or steam turbine generator."

HB11's Managing Director Dr. Warren McKenzie clarifies over the phone: "A lot of fusion experiments are using the lasers to heat things up to crazy temperatures – we're not. We're using the laser to massively accelerate the hydrogen through the boron sample using non-linear forced. You could say we're using the hydrogen as a dart, and hoping to hit a boron , and if we hit one, we can start a fusion reaction. That's the essence of it. If you've got a scientific appreciation of temperature, it's essentially the speed of atoms moving around. Creating fusion using temperature is essentially randomly moving atoms around, and hoping they'll hit one another, our approach is much more precise."

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlGzt9ur1bY[/ame]
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Damn! They beat me to it! I've been working on this for literally weeks out in the garage!
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Damn! They beat me to it! I've been working on this for literally weeks out in the garage!
That's a shame, you were sooo close -


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Not far off. There's a few people in the world with shed built reactors in their garages.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:07 PM   #5
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Not far off. There's a few people in the world with shed built reactors in their garages.
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This looks promising. It is still far off from being a reality, but the science is interesting:
Thank you, Irace86.2.0 for starting a thought provoking thread for stimulating intellectual conversation -

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So, what fusion is taking place there? It sounded more like fission of boron into hydrogen ions and something else?

Edit:. Found it:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneutronic_fusion
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I thought of Touhou when I saw the thread title.
This is pretty cool too.
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Not far off. There's a few people in the world with shed built reactors in their garages.
Brings to mind a back-in-the-day story about a nuclear reactor and a garage (basement in this case).

I worked for a bit over a year at IITRI (Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute) in Chicago.

My office was located in the basement of the same building as the first industrial nuclear reactor. I used to go over and look at where it was. Yep, a few of the lead bricks that lined the housing of the reactor (that were't too hot) were still scattered around the campus.

Now, ya all know why I am the way I am - and here all along you thought it was because of my 20 years researching experimental pesticides -


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Brings to mind a back-in-the-day story about a nuclear reactor and a garage (basement in this case).

I worked for a bit over a year at IITRI (Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute) in Chicago.

My office was located in the basement of the same building as the first industrial nuclear reactor. I used to go over and look at where it was. Yep, a few of the lead bricks that lined the housing of the reactor (that were't too hot) were still scattered around the campus.

Now, ya all know why I am the way I am - and here all along you thought it was because of my 20 years researching experimental pesticides -


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You licked the lead blocks?
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You licked the lead blocks?
No silly, I wasn't tupid - I used one as a paper weight on my desk.




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So this kid made a fusion reactor in his garage. It isn't a net positive reactor, but it is a fusion reactor, yet this was his Ted Talk about small fission reactors, for those who were discussing at home reactors:

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HL1BEC024g[/ame]
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I've been told by some guy that this will power the next gen 86.
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as a prior navy Nuke, I am fine with this


just so we are straight, if anyone peers into the core and says "the power of the sun, is in my hands"

They will be shot on sight
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