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by D Tibbets
Fri May 05, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lockheed Martin news
Replies: 38
Views: 4651

Re: Lockheed Martin news

What EMC 2 patent? The original is well over 20 years old and a newer application (in 2008?) was rejected.

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by D Tibbets
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell ;Take two?
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: Polywell ;Take two?

This bit of fluff is underwhelming. Another source https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2017_Phase_I_Phase_II/Continuous_Electrode_Inertial_Electrostatic_Confinement_Fusion perhaps clarifies that this is merely an engineering study to determine that if an IEC device can magically achieve...
by D Tibbets
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Design
Topic: X-Ray Reflection and Absorption
Replies: 5
Views: 715

Re: X-Ray Reflection and Absorption

X-ray energy recovery or reflection is difficult (other than as heat). Two considerations. The first is the heavy metal U238 tamper or shell of some boosted atomic bombs and early hydrogen bombs. This helps to trap X-ray energy so that the plasma stays hotter longer so that significant fusion of D-T...
by D Tibbets
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lockheed Martin news
Replies: 38
Views: 4651

Re: Lockheed Martin news

5 milliseconds or more may be very significant, or not. For a Polywell operating at a density of 10^22 /M^3 it is impressive. But, I don't know at what density the Tri Alpha current efforts are working at. It is that old triple product consideration. Low Beta Tokamaks may manage 100s of seconds, but...
by D Tibbets
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Having a removable tank would help cleanup on site( probably by a large amount .But if it weighs 400 tons, it could not be transported intact, except perhaps by barge. Also, clean up of the actual radioactive slug is not just fragmentation of the sludge and sweeping. It is doing so by robotics. Ever...
by D Tibbets
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Seems highly unlikely since any leakage would either freeze on the leak, plugging it, or drip to the floor where it would freeze and be easily chipped and swept then hit with the nuclear equivalent of a Stanley Steemer. Yes and no... Even fuel rods my end up as solid chunks, I've been talking about...
by D Tibbets
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

...There will still be huge cost associated with cleanup ... Seems highly unlikely since any leakage would either freeze on the leak, plugging it, or drip to the floor where it would freeze and be easily chipped and swept then hit with the nuclear equivalent of a Stanley Steemer. Yes and no... Even...
by D Tibbets
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

When you have Molten Salt Reactor, you can have a continuous fission product removal system too. You almost need one to get to true breeding level with a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR). With such a FP removal system, they don't build up and they don't present a problem. But even if you leav...
by D Tibbets
Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Dan, Your point about a "tiny amount of fuel" needed for fusion also applies to Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs). They only need as much fissile material as required to achieve criticality because the reactor can be continuously refueled. Don't refuel and the reactor stops. this c...
by D Tibbets
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Dan, Your point about a "tiny amount of fuel" needed for fusion also applies to Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs). They only need as much fissile material as required to achieve criticality because the reactor can be continuously refueled. Don't refuel and the reactor stops. Good p...
by D Tibbets
Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: we maybe barking up the wrong tree all together
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Re: we maybe barking up the wrong tree all together

High energy events in Earths atmosphere occur all the time. Some of it is just the very high energy tails of thermalized gas interactions. Much of it is various magnetic formations that may accelerate a small amount of ionized gas to high speeds- Auroras, and thunderstorm sprites may be examples of ...
by D Tibbets
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

I, from my distant perspective, would not agree that regulation has sunk the fission nuclear industry. The obvious radiation problems, engieneering lies and multiple dire failures has. The management that has caused directly the most severe accidents has not helped either. A better perspective of wh...
by D Tibbets
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Modular assembly and disassembly may considerably decrease the cost of maintenance, provided the number of plants is large and standardized. But it doesn't modify the radiation concerns of the pipes. The radiation concernsof the actual fuel rods/ fuel solution may be mitigated by schemes for nearly ...
by D Tibbets
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: How is this not superconductivity?
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: How is this not superconductivity?

From my admittedly breif read, it is not low conductivity for electricity,but low heat conductivity in a relatively good electrical conductor that they are describing. They apparently tend to run in parallel according to the "law", except at cryogenic temperatures. This compound appears to...
by D Tibbets
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 49
Views: 3651

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Liquid salt reactors are certainly a step up, but not immune to problems. Replacing the primary loop every 4 years sounds very expensive- working underground, ripping out radioactive tubes that carried the decay product contaminated pipes that formed the primary cooling loop, would be time consuming...

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