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by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 120
Views: 21544

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

SJ, I realize you are not a fan of Toks. Just bear in mind that anything that helps Toks helps all other competing approaches. So Toks will always be in near dead last place. Great science projects though. The other point was that net power is only important if the fine print engineering has real so...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 120
Views: 21544

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Tokamaks have a size and first wall problem that lurks in the fine print where the real world lives. No Tokamak gets anywhere close to beta = 1. Some Toks will look good but only when compared to other Toks. Toks have really good lobbyists and high paid cheerleaders.
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 120
Views: 21544

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

It looks like modeling software and hardware power have reached the point that the forward progress speed has jumped. That includes GM, TAE, EMC2, and likely Helion although I have not heard that from them (all these guys seem cutting edge on plasma). It is hard to say from my stadium seat view how ...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 120
Views: 21544

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

From Skipjack's link above “We are looking over the next 12 months to reach the milestone that Norman was designed for,” TAE Technologies CEO Steven Specker told GeekWire. TAE is targeting plasma temperatures in excess of 50 million degrees Celsius (90 million degrees Fahrenheit). That would be the ...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 184
Views: 41404

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Pressure is on, at least the top 3 discussed here seem to be neck and neck and I don't think being first is being taken lightly. One might even guess that sandbagging might be taking place on their public target dates.

But is is win-win for us which ever one is first.
by mvanwink5
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 120
Views: 21544

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Norman is supposed to be ahead of schedule on its target temperature, but the final, PB11 target temperature, is an order of magnitude higher and will require a new machine. Norman is to prove temperature scaling while maintaining plasma longevity. The narrative is that the cause of being ahead of s...
by mvanwink5
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47666

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

If it effects his golf game he will lose weight.
by mvanwink5
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 317
Views: 45493

Re: EMC2 news

What is the status of the simulation, is that what lost funding - was funding lost, or was it that EMC2 was being hosed?
by mvanwink5
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 435
Views: 63352

Re: General Fusion in the news

Nice claims, we'll see.
by mvanwink5
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 435
Views: 63352

Re: General Fusion in the news

SkipJack I think the bigger problem could be plasma stability during the rapid compression with magnetic fields rather then stability because of the merging, Crowberry's comment: General Fusion has put forward from the very start also the possibility of using only one plasma injector. With the self ...
by mvanwink5
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 435
Views: 63352

Re: General Fusion in the news

SOL seems to be used by all the FRC's.

Stability on collision has been my doubt on Helion. Looks like they had that figured early on based on that pdf. hmmm, I am always suspicious of too easy / good to be true plasma tales, but they have the funding so they must have some trick up their sleeve.
by mvanwink5
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 435
Views: 63352

Re: General Fusion in the news

With the self similar creation and compression of a spherical tokamak this is the only solution. Yes. Thank you for that. I always wondered about that issue with the double ended FRC's such as TAE and Helion. But TAE handles it with scrape off + NBI. Helion...? WRT lead, I wonder if they will ever ...
by mvanwink5
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 435
Views: 63352

Re: General Fusion in the news

Well, we are at the end of 2017, so Pi3 should be ready or nearly ready. One injector (top) instead of 2 (top and bottom), lithium, which was already clear that was a change from lead, beta = 20% is a detail I had hot seen before. One thing is not clear to me is the lithium vs lead makes a huge diff...
by mvanwink5
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2640
Views: 430699

Re: Mach Effect progress

Rossi claims are not on my map as worthy of consideration. Still there are some that hold out hope. Good luck to them and those chasing Big Foot. I haven't done the investigation to pronounce on these Mach Effect tests. As I understand it, very low force measurements are required at this point to me...
by mvanwink5
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 435
Views: 63352

Re: General Fusion in the news

A poster update gives a new strategy on GF's compression using pistons. A huge change from 'acoustic shock wave' to rapidly collapse the plasma to a slower non-acoustic compression. The new strategy requires longer sustained stable plasma, which is why the spherical tokamak plasma is needed. Also, t...

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