Monday, February 14, 2011

Focus Fusion Ruggedizing

This is a quick note on the work at focus fusion.  It has become obvious that the system needs to be way more robust, although this was surely not unexpected.  Initial sizing was likely predetermined by the sheer cost of working with the exotic materials.

Again this is all preludes to working in the Boron based fuel for the necessary energy levels.  I am also sure components are taking plenty of time to properly fabricate.  As usual it will take months of effort likely spread out to accommodate reasonable delays.

It remains the most interesting fusion project out there and the one most likely to operate a space drive system.

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics ruggedizing research nuclear fusion machine

FEBRUARY 04, 2011

A thicker tungsten rod will now require a much bigger spark plug and the widening of the hole in the electrode plates. They are doing this to end mechanical and electrical breakdown of the insulators. They want to press on to 45 kilovolts. 

The fourth of eight goals is to increase the charging potential on the machine, by 5 kV steps, up to the full capacity of 45 kV and in the process achieve a peak current of about 2 million amps with deuterium.

Scaling with increased current, I^5 scaling to 1.4 MA (55 times more power)

Optimization of axial magnetic field (3 times more power)

Scaling with increased current, I^4 scaling from 1.4 MA to 2.8 MA (16 times more power)

So far LPP has been achieving much faster scaling, almost I^7. 

Changing the fuel to pB11 should enable an increase of 160 times (higher reaction rate at 600 keV, more energy per reaction, and more compression) 

The smaller rod is the old one and the larger is the new rugged rod

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