Polywell Visions: Transprotation

If polywell fusion is developed, in what ways will the world change for better or worse? Discuss.

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Postby GIThruster » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:28 pm

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Postby GIThruster » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:07 pm

No one shoots at US aircraft carriers because the US has not been in a shooting war where that might happen since WWII. I promise, if we were to go to war with China, those carriers would be the prime targets for the largest Fast-Tac sub fleet in the world, owned by the Chinese.

The DPF approach is probably a better one for small aircraft but the MHD studies done show the Poly will work in aircraft too, ref. the link at the beginning of this thread and the various USAF studies done the last decade or so by Miley, Mead, Bussard, etc.

I only skimmed the link above but I didn't see anything about lasers or making blimps into attack craft. They're being considered for recon only because they can stay up for very long periods of time.
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Postby ladajo » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:13 pm

The rules I stated apply the same. The Chinese would have to get a sub within the limiting lines of approach, and to do that, they would have to get VERY lucky.
even if they did, the CVN could more than likely absorb the hit (if it did).

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Postby GIThruster » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:23 pm

True, and true, but of course, we would need to know more details of such a conflict and it is pretty distasteful to give it heavy consideration. Certainly though, it's fair to say a Ford class carrier cannot absorb a tactical nuke strike. Sub, air to surface missile, shore batteries, trained dolphins. . .doesn't matter. Aircraft carriers are only safe so long as we don't get into a conflict like WWII.

Peeps, just to say again, there is a reason we no longer trust to the main battle tank type strategy. Weapons have grown so quickly compared to armor that armor is a very bad idea. Far better is mobility, concealment and cover. If you can't make it hide or disappear, it's a prime target.
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Postby KitemanSA » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:58 pm

Getting back to the tread TOPIC (transportation, not weaponry):

Seems plausible that every semi-large+ ship in the world would become Polywell electric. Azipods are becoming the norm and all that remains is to power them with a Polywell rather than some other X-generator (X= turbo, diesel, ...).

Seems plausible that the fuel requirements of the world could be met with CO +2HO > CH + 2O ... which has been done for years, but not economically. With CH one can get to (CH)H with some ease if you REALLY want liquid fuel.

Thus, you have provided energy for all the sea going and ground and air going vehicles. Space vehicles have been covered ad-nauseum.

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Postby 93143 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:29 pm

Well, I suppose the vehicle doesn't necessarily have to be quite that heavy...

What you're talking about might be plausible with large advances in magnet technology combined with to reduce the radiation shielding requirements. I'm sure there are other technological hurdles to jump over in order to get a 25-tonne 1 GW power plant, and you'd still have to be fairly rich to afford a vehicle based on it...


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