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Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:07 pm
by bennmann
According to this data published on the 30th: http://www.recovery.gov/FAQ/Pages/Recip ... rting.aspx

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:00 pm
by Skipjack
As I said, 30th this year is a Sunday... Seems unlikely to me that any government drone would work on a Sunday.

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:28 am
by bennmann
It may be automated. I'll be checking significantly throughout tomorrow.

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:38 am
by Skipjack
It may be automated.

Does automated government work on a sunday?
Wow, the US is quite advanced compared to us Austrians!
;)
Either way, I will be happy to see the report whenever it arrives ;)

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:43 am
by ladajo
I am not holding my breath. I remain focused about the little "check mark" previously noted.
Anyone want to make a bet? :)

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:37 am
by bennmann
Quarterly Activities/Project Description As of 3Q/2011, the WB-8 device has generated over 500 high power plasma shots. EMC2 is conducting tests on Wiffle-Ball plasma scaling law on plasma heating and confinement.

http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/Re ... pId=212569

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:14 am
by KitemanSA
I truly did not expect a report. This is nice. A little light ;) in details but...

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:40 am
by ladajo
Hmmm.
Well it surprises me that they filed. And also that they changed the "little check mark" to "No".
They also seem to have given about $170K back to the government. The total funds received actually went down, $3,382,826 to $3,216,826.
In any event, I am happy that they filed something, I truly did not expect it.
500 high power shots, scaling being tested. Yeah! A durable machine.

Now for test runs completion and the 8.1 decision (grin with hand rubbing).

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:48 am
by ladajo
Oh, and Park got a raise! Small, but up... Not that it really means anything.

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:11 am
by Skipjack
Hmmmm...

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:17 am
by TimC
Interesting. I always hope for more information than I get, but at least the machine is able to hold up.

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:58 am
by bennmann
It is interesting that they are still very secretive about actual neutron counts, but not about generic "scaling".

Surely recovery money should go towards actual numbers being published? But perhaps at the end of the 8.0 or 8.1....

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:13 am
by choff
It says "testing scaling law on plasma heating and confinement." We already have the previous statement about excellent confinement. This last statement could imply they're getting a hot plasma and have to determine how the heat affects containment with scaling. Since they're running D-D fusion, that could also imply heavy neutron impingement on the magnets. I'm really trying to read through the tea leaves here, few as they are.

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:13 am
by Giorgio
That's an unexpected and good news.
I was 100% convinced not to see any report this quarter.

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:10 am
by choff
Maybe Alan Boyle can get another interview with Dr. Park?