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by TecnoImpacto
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Compact High Temperature Superconductor Cable
Replies: 33
Views: 10049

Not a trifle

Obviously, the definition of "high temperature superconductor" comes because it is very important if the superconductor can be cooled with liquid nitrogen: nitrogen is much more abundant and cheap than helium. But the news has big implications in engineering and science. A superconductor cable capab...
by TecnoImpacto
Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Large scale implications of p-boron fusion power
Replies: 16
Views: 22714

Re: Large scale implications of p-boron fusion power

CharlesKramer wrote:
rjaypeters wrote:The more a technology is a substitute for activities which have affected the planet, the more reason to believe the substitute will also have an effect.
It is true!. And a more powerful source of energy will affect the planet more.
by TecnoImpacto
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Compact High Temperature Superconductor Cable
Replies: 33
Views: 10049

New Compact High Temperature Superconductor Cable

"A resercher... has invented a method of making high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cables that are thinner and more flexible than demonstration HTS cables now installed in the electric power grid while carrying the same or more current " "They are roughly one-tenth the diameter of typical [demon...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

FEL is not here today as a tactical system. ... Now imagine a high G maneuvering target that is constantly changing it aspect (burn point) as well as having heat disapative skin and ablative material, coupled with a ridiculously low run in profile and sea spray, salt in the air I aware FEL with meg...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

Optimally a laser should be able to down a target in less than 1 sec. that requires a laser with aprox 250kW. http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports/ADA476320.pdf "Free-electron lasers are expected to produce power levels in the multi-megawatt class. The Navy is pursuing FELs for integration on a futur...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Political Opposition To Polywell
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: Political Opposition To Polywell

MSimon wrote:

"set levels of mortality control.”

I am not sure what he wanted to mean: maximum levels o minimun levels?.

If it means to set maximum leves of mortality (and the maximun is as near as possible to zero), I agree :)
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

to add a reflective coating that reflects a significant fraction of the incomming energy. the second tier of defence is to use thermally conductive materials in order to conduct energy away from the heating point. Historically offensive power has won these races, But laser defences may finaly turn ...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

For a full up weapon system it would probably pay to go even higher than that to head off any hardening attempts done to eventually try to defeat the system. That's true for heavy weapons, but missiles and airships will be very diffcicult to "hardening". Even a lot of heavy weapons will have seriou...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

the video shows a non-sea skimming target that takes about 12 seconds to burn. 12 seconds gets you dead these days. And, please remember at sea level, there is much more crap in the air, and more crap equals more burn time. I don't think so, it had catastrophic damage in about 5 seconds with only a...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:34 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

Navy would REALLY like a continuous 100MW power plant with only tiny pumps. Submariners would kill for it. A continuous 100MW output of electricity could boost the defensive power of a entire fleet. Navy really needs lasers as defense against ballistic misiles and antiship missiles. Aircraft carrie...
by TecnoImpacto
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:52 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

From the contract, it is clear WB8 is another research reactor; ... The expected output is 100mW of Fusion. I believe that was WB9, not WB8 or 8.1. I could be misremembering it. 100MW is for WB-D, wich I understand is in design stage. WB-8 is working, if I have well understood. You said that it is ...
by TecnoImpacto
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

The ion gun for WB-8 feeds the fuel to WB-8. And we're still years from net power. So the ion gun is not to be an ion gun weapon :) I read Dr. Nebel said "Hopefully the demo will demonstrate everything that is needed to put a full-scale working plant into commercial production. So if the concept wo...
by TecnoImpacto
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:17 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons
Replies: 34
Views: 36468

Navy sees the WB8 as power supply for direct energy weapons

http://iecfusiontech.blogspot.com/2009/05/wb-8-in-works.html "The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake intends ... contract for research, analysis, development, and testing to validate the basic physics of the plasma fusion (polywell) concept as well as requirements to provide the ...
by TecnoImpacto
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:24 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell, ITER and the Helium Supply
Replies: 31
Views: 40352

So use a container made of graphene

A 100 MW fusion plant will produce about .5 Kg of He a day. More than enough to meet the plant's needs if losses can be kept low. So graphene may help, make the cotainer with it: How Ultrathin 'Graphene' Carbon Sheets Keep Everything Inside One of the most impressive properties is its mechanical st...
by TecnoImpacto
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: Room-temperature superconductivity?
Replies: 1893
Views: 379764

Why not zero resistence?

Johanfprins, some of your ideas are very attractive. I have read only this thread and some links that appears in it, so I have not an elaborate opinion, but I want to made a little contribution in a point in which appears you place a lot of importance. I understand you, it is an important point: the...