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by rnebel
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Picture Of WB-7 Fusion Test Reactor Available
Replies: 57
Views: 23096

Jaeyoung is out in the lab right now doing the fusion thing. As you might have noticed, we are trying to open things up a bit and I thought it might be good to get to know you bloggers a little better. We have been very quiet the last few months primarily because we were trying to fly under the rada...
by rnebel
Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Picture Of WB-7 Fusion Test Reactor Available
Replies: 57
Views: 23096

Tom:

I think that I'm rnebel. We had dinner together the night of Doc's funeral.
by rnebel
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Fund-Raising
Topic: Oil prices at new highs
Replies: 21
Views: 21714

John P: Your concern is something that EMC2 has thought about. The Polywell is what is generally described as a "disruptive technology". Namely, it is a technological surprise that changes everything. A lot of people have/are investing a lot of money in energy technologies. The Polywell is...
by rnebel
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: worst case scattering and deeper wells
Replies: 30
Views: 9153

Tall Dave: There's really nothing to tell at this point. We don't yet have enough power yet to get into the regimes of interest. There are some circuit issues that we are dealing with. We don't want to get too gung-ho too soon and start breaking things. We're on such a tight schedule that we can't a...
by rnebel
Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: worst case scattering and deeper wells
Replies: 30
Views: 9153

I had a long talk with Luis Chacon about the ion scattering a few weeks back. We concluded that for the Polywell, these issues were a red herring. The reason is that the densities are so high in the Polywell that you really don't need the ion focussing to be all that good. If you are running a gridd...
by rnebel
Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Details on ITER ELM problems
Replies: 19
Views: 7977

Dr. Bussard and I shared a lot of similar opinions on ITER. However, he was bitterly opposed to it and my views are a little less strident. First of all, the issue as to whether or not ITER is going to be built is moot. It's going to happen whether the US participates or not. In my view, it is unlik...
by rnebel
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Details on ITER ELM problems
Replies: 19
Views: 7977

Dr Mike:

Just for fun I went back and checked my numbers. I had assumed ~ 10 Tesla fields. The spec is 5.3 T. I also used the 870 m**3 on the ITER website for the volume. That gives ~ 9.7 GJ of stored energy. The 870 number must include more than the volume of the magnetic field....
by rnebel
Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Details on ITER ELM problems
Replies: 19
Views: 7977

One of the more interesting numbers for ITER is that the total stored energy in the magnetic fields is about the same as 8 tons of TNT. Although a major disruption won't release all of it, it can release enough of it to do some serious damage. I believe (but I could be wrong) that ITER is designed t...
by rnebel
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Details on ITER ELM problems
Replies: 19
Views: 7977

Elms have been known about for almost 20 years. I don't know why they have suddenly come to the forefront. There are a whole zoo of these MHD-like modes that could potentially bite ITER in the butt. The most catastrophic one is a major disruption. I suspect that one would enlarge ITER's real estate ...

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