Skip to comments.Magneto-inertial fusion experiment nears completion
Posted on 10/21/2019 7:34:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Assembly of the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is well underway with the installation of 18 of 36 plasma guns in an ambitious approach to achieving controlled nuclear fusion (Figure 1). The plasma guns are mounted on a spherical chamber, and fire supersonic jets of ionized gas inward to compress and heat a central gas target that serves as fusion fuel. In the meantime, experiments performed with the currently installed plasma guns are providing fundamental data to create simulations of colliding plasma jets, which are crucial for understanding and developing other controlled fusion schemes.
Most fusion experiments employ either magnetic confinement, which relies on powerful magnetic fields to contain a fusion plasma, or inertial confinement, which uses heat and compression to create the conditions for fusion.
The PLX machine combines aspects of both magnetic confinement fusion schemes (e.g. tokamaks) and inertial confinement machines like the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The hybrid approach, although less technologically mature than pure magnetic or inertial confinement concepts, may offer a cheaper and less complex fusion reactor development path. Like tokamaks, the fuel plasma is magnetized to help mitigate losses of particles and thermal energy. Like inertial confinement machines, a heavy imploding shell (the plasma liner) rapidly compresses and heats the fuel to achieve fusion conditions. Instead of NIF's array of high-power lasers driving a solid capsule, PLX relies on supersonic plasma jets fired from plasma guns.
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Love to see it happen soon.
But OH NO’s . ..... the Global Warming crowd will deny us nuclear fusion too!
Viable nuclear fusion is our key to the stars. Its worth the present effort and much, much more. May the US Space Force be with us.
Maybe. But I don’t want to be within 100 miles of this particular gizmo when they fire it up.
Key to the stars? Do tell.
Looks like a bigger version of Dr. Mills ‘Hydrino’ reactor.
YEs, one can imagine the inferno should the containment fail.
I had a couple of those when I was a kid.
My friend Jimmy broke one when he hit it with a bat.
If this works I will be interested to see who protests. I believe the ‘clean-energy’ crowd is about everything but clean energy. This technology could do away with fossil fuel and electric energy in a single day.
No, you do not have a good understanding of how this form of energy would be used. This process would be harnessed by using the heat from fusion to power “steam turbines” connected to electrical generators.
Ping to Kevmo & Andrea Rossi...
I would t worry about it. In the event of a runaway reaction the amount of fuel is quite small and the fuel does not want to burn naturally. A distance of 2 city blocks would be enough buffer in the event of an explosion.
You have mush more to fear from a natural gas pipleine than this scientific endeavor.
Which is why Big Oil would do just about anything to stop it.
the Global Warming crowd will deny us nuclear fusion too!
That’s because it will suck up all the power which they need to charge their cars and devices.
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