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by Enginerd
Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCm0jW5Bjdg&start=16m40s The stuff about 15-16 minutes in (thrusters) looks like George Miley's stuff at UIllinois. The presenter Magdi Ragheb is from University of Illinois, so the connection would certainly make sense. From what I understand the plasma is directed (...
by Enginerd
Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

with the device configured to emit neutrons as a jet That would be a neat trick. Any idea how to do it? (Aside from shielding.) At about 17 minutes in, the presenter in the youtube talk shows some pictures and makes the claim that he has a device "existing running" in his lab producing a neutron je...
by Enginerd
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

Seems smarter to use the excess plutonium laying around and just use the neutron source for the small deficit due to excess minor actinides. IIRC the lead in time to create enough U233 would be decades. ICBW I suppose it all depends on the rate at which the polywell machines being employed can prod...
by Enginerd
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

Near wall issues? The neutron flux will irradiate the polywell device. Certainly. Just as the neutron flux while enriching uranium will irradiate the centrifuges, the factory equipment, the mining trucks, the ore crushers, etc. And leaves around tons and tons of mine tailings and depleted uranium. ...
by Enginerd
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

You would still need an initial load of fissile material. All the neutron source will do is make up for some neutron economy deficiencies. This may allow a high converter to become a break even breeder. This might also allow using SNF with a high TRU, but there still needs to be a full fissile load...
by Enginerd
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

Re: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source

Anyway, I'd never considered the idea of using a polywell simply as a neutron source leading to net power from a fission reaction. Interesting idea. I had also never before considered the idea that the polywell might present weapons proliferation issues. However it occurs to me that the bad guys co...
by Enginerd
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source
Replies: 16
Views: 17662

Thorium Fuel Cycle Using Fusion Neutron Source

in late May 2012, Magdi Ragheb from the University of Illinois presented at the Thorium Energy Alliance Conference 4 . He discussed his work on using electrostatic & electrodynamic neutron generators to operate or kick start LFTR style thorium reactors. As a neutron source, the polywell can either b...
by Enginerd
Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: News
Topic: BELLA laser achieves world record power at 1 petawat per sec
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

It was a pentawatt pulse that lasted 40 femtoseconds. Highest power output on record and can fire once/second. That'll leave a mark... Might also be useful for fusion development: http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/07/fusion-energy-without-radioactivity.html http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/06/laser-enable...
by Enginerd
Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: A particle so evil it's very existence threatens mankind!
Replies: 31
Views: 24527

It's a long running joke. It started when people began noticing how much trouble the LHC was having getting up to speed. People suggested that perhaps we just weren't meant to find the Higgs. "A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physi...
by Enginerd
Fri May 25, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 657
Views: 221969

And honestly, I don't owe anyone the same tired explanations of how these sorts of objections fail miserably. They're just grade school errors anyone of intelligence ought to be able to see through. Not worth any more of my time. When has it ever been explained to me why there is some 'miserable fa...
by Enginerd
Tue May 22, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: Nuclear regulatory chief Jaczko resigns
Replies: 5
Views: 6242

There was an unsurprising surprising lack of information in that article. It will definitely be "interesting" to see what falls out of all of it, however. It seem to me the current administration is now starting to support natural gas as the next new solution to our energy problem. After the tarif ...
by Enginerd
Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any polywell news?
Replies: 59
Views: 62174

The DeLorean Motor Corporation world headquarters is in Humble, Texas (North Houston suburbs). I drive past it every day. They just announced production of an electric-ified DeLorean in the last couple of months. THAT would be cool to own! I only want a DeLorean if it is powered by a flux capacitor...
by Enginerd
Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: reddit: We are nuclear fusion researchers, ask us anything
Replies: 553
Views: 89867

In case you did not catch it, "Trapping" equals "Confinement" and Wiffleball effect. To get Wiffleball, one must hit B=1. wait, Wiffleball effect was proven? when did this happen, why doesnt the whole world know and what's the remaining problems? shouldnt they have a demo now? They do have a demo a...
by Enginerd
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thoughts on Thorium Molten Salt Reactors?
Replies: 96
Views: 21355

Re: Thoughts on Thorium Molten Salt Reactors?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbyr7jZOllI Sounds cool, I'm already too far away from fission energy to really do anything about it. Fission has always been easier but not as good as fusion, but what gets the job done gets the job done. I would prefer it if we can get our power from pB11 aneutronic...