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by Barry Kirk
Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Alan Boyle article
Replies: 49
Views: 17428

I don't know how much energy the first reaction consumes. It does have the minor advantage of acting as a moderator. The second reaction does provide a lot of output energy. I wonder, if they are using the energy released from the Li6 Tritium breeding to push the Tokamak over the edge of being a net...
by Barry Kirk
Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Alan Boyle article
Replies: 49
Views: 17428

by Barry Kirk
Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Alan Boyle article
Replies: 49
Views: 17428

If things look good, people will find out. Congress would have a lot of explaining to do if they don't fund this. At this point, I'm confident that Polywell's will work. The question is will it be economical. As for ITER, it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that Tokamaks will never be economically viab...
by Barry Kirk
Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 49721

by Barry Kirk
Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 49721

by Barry Kirk
Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The question of scaling
Replies: 42
Views: 12957

Just asking a question, Is the arcing related in any way to actual fusion events? Since, 1) The fusion events should all occur at the very center of the polywell. 2) The density of ions may be higher near the center of the polywell. 3) Any alphas produced by fusion would have plenty of kinetic energ...
by Barry Kirk
Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The question of scaling
Replies: 42
Views: 12957

Trying to get my head around this. The fusion power may scale as R^7. The loss gain is a real unknown, but would increase as R goes up. If loss gain goes up slower than fusion power, then at a certain point, a power producing machine may be possible... Part of the problem is that the ability to cool...
by Barry Kirk
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: New Alan Boyle article
Replies: 49
Views: 17428

by Barry Kirk
Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT
Replies: 10
Views: 3927

by Barry Kirk
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT
Replies: 10
Views: 3927

I'm going to assume that the overwhelming majority of brem loses are experienced by electrons since they have a much higher acceleration. Is most of the electron acceleration due to travelling through a potential gradient? Would the potential gradient be lower for a bigger machine? Or at least sprea...
by Barry Kirk
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT
Replies: 10
Views: 3927

by Barry Kirk
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT
Replies: 10
Views: 3927

by Barry Kirk
Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: Does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT
Replies: 10
Views: 3927

Does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT

I know that the big hype is pB11 or possibly DD, but does anybody know if WB-7 was tested with DT?

Would it be possible to have net power production, (theoretical), with a WB-7 size machine if you were using DT?
by Barry Kirk
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 49721

Well, this may be topic drift... But I don't care. If the cost of electric generation goes through the floor, I don't see that as the death of internal combustion engines. The beauty of hydrocarbon fuels are that they are a dense, convienient storage medium for energy. They are easy to 1) Pump 2) Bu...
by Barry Kirk
Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 49721

That's good to hear... So the way I'm understanding this is that essentially anybody who stands to lose from this technology spreading can't stop it. The only thing that can stop it from spreading right now, is one of the following. 1) It doesn't work from a physics standpoint. or 2) It can't be mad...

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