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Compact Fusion Reactor

Discussion in 'Space Technology' started by John Fedup, Oct 16, 2014.

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  1. EXSSBN2005

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    But this compact fusion looks much more related to fusor what do you guys say
     
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    John Fedup Well-Known Member

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    That's what the ITER project in France is doing IIRC, I'm really looking forward to see that technology progress.
     
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    The Chinese are a major player in the fusion game. They benefit from working with foreign scientists and have the resources to pursue a national program under their sole control. The more the merrier, I say.
    Personally, I hope the Skunk Works manage to deliver on their mini-fusion reactor vision some time in the next decade.



    https://www.newscientist.com/articl...uclear-fusion-as-french-project-falls-behind/
     
  6. John Fedup

    John Fedup Well-Known Member

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    The ARC design is similar to the ITER but takes advantage of new superconductor materials that should increase its output and allows it to be smaller.....like all other fusion concepts, I will just have to wait and see. Hopefully, one of them will get us the fusion age, the realistic "green" energy.
     
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    Wouldn't it be great if those big multinational programs get beaten to the fusion holy grail by some small private enterprise like Tri Allha Energy? The small company is boldly pursuing a different and seemingly more technically challenging approach to achieving fusion but one which offers significant benefits.
    https://youtu.be/tm6hpqFtxEk
    Exclusive: Secretive fusion company claims reactor breakthrough | Science/AAAS | News

    Exclusive: Secretive fusion company claims reactor breakthrough


    OOTHILL RANCH, CALIFORNIA—In a suburban industrial park south of Los Angeles, researchers have taken a significant step toward mastering nuclear fusion—a process that could provide abundant, cheap, and clean energy. A privately funded company called Tri Alpha Energy has built a machine that forms a ball of superheated gas—at about 10 million degrees Celsius—and holds it steady for 5 milliseconds without decaying away. That may seem a mere blink of an eye, but it is far longer than other efforts with the technique and shows for the first time that it is possible to hold the gas in a steady state—the researchers stopped only when their machine ran out of juice.

    “They’ve succeeded finally in achieving a lifetime limited only by the power available to the system,” says particle physicist Burton Richter of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who sits on a board of advisers to Tri Alpha. If the company’s scientists can scale the technique up to longer times and higher temperatures, they will reach a stage at which atomic nuclei in the gas collide forcefully enough to fuse together, releasing energy.

    More at the jump.
     
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    John Fedup Well-Known Member

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    Interesting approach and one has to be impressed with the "in the garage size" scale of this company. The 3 billion degree cook temperature for the Hydrogen- Boron fusion does seem to be a bridge too far though.
     
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    Just had a quick glance at the Time Magazine article on fusion. Interesting info about smaller private sector fusion companies making some inroads. Hopefully something develops soon.:)
     
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    Well I would hold off on the stock buy if you are banking on a CFR until a working prototype arrives. The lead researcher said back in 2014 he expected one in 5 years so he has one more year. As with all fusion stories, great expections that just seem to fade away. Note the article's line on making patent applications involving national security secret. Apparently the US government didn't think this patent was worth the secret classification. Clearly this device, if workable, should be protected as it would have far reaching consequences for national defence. In any event, still hope it actually works.:D
     
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    John Fedup Well-Known Member

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    Apparently a naval researcher has improved the LM compact fusion reactor (CFR) design and the USN has applied for a patent. The link also mentions some other fusion projects. I think it has been at least 5 years since the CFR story came out and it is just as theoretical now as it was then, something it shares with all other programs. Certainly hope this results in something useable but I am not holding my breath.

    A Breakthrough In American Energy Dominance? U.S. Navy Patents Compact Fusion Reactor
     
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    I suspect that this will follow the path of most technological breakthroughs.

    It will always be 20 years away until, very suddenly, it is not.

    Momentum is clearly building with a lot of new entrants and it is increasingly looking like an engineering problem as opposed to a science problem. Humans are good at engineering problems.

    Exciting times.

    Regards,

    Massive
     
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