ladajo wrote:MSimon wrote:I'm really not much of a physics guy either. I'm an engineer. I know enough of the physics to do engineering. I'm an EE type. Power and control. You will need an ME.
So first on your list should be a physics guy for design guidelines. Second an ME.
Question: Pulsed operation or superconductors? Second question B11 superconductors for long life or ordinary B supers for low cost?
For physics drmike might be good http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=48
Mike, I don't mean to be a shyte, but you are a self-taught controls guy, you are not an EE. You don't have the paper, and haven't paid the blood and sweat to get one. There are plenty of guys and gals out there who did pay the blood and sweat for the paper, who have just as much or more experience as well as some of them being better than you. You dismiss them by claiming EE and that is uncool. If you want to say you are an EE then go get the paper. Otherwise, you are a self-taught controls guy who actually doesn't know what he doesn't know from an engineering undergraduate program because he never did one. Lots of folks can speck stuff from a catalog, as well as manage projects. That does not make you a real engineer.
At best, it makes you an engineering technician without a degree (because there is even formal education for that which you don't have). Again, I am not trying to be a shyte, but you really should respect those who have the real credentials and do the real work.
And Freeman Dyson is not a Physicist.
As to respecting those with "real" credentials? I have seen enough idiocy from that bunch to have zero respect for paper. Let us discuss the problem at hand and from what I learn from that I will decide if you are respectable. Stupid people with degrees are a dime a dozen and much cheaper by the bale.
I have had degreed EEs tell me such things as:
"How can a half inch of unterminated digital line cause a problem?" The degrees (about 3 or 4 of them) studied it for 6 months and couldn't figure out the cause of the PLL not locking. It only took me a month to solve it. I guess that makes me 6 times better than the degreed. Well maybe infinitely better since they didn't solve it. Glad I don't have one. Dodged a bullet by avoiding college.
"The length of an unterminated digital line is not important." ($3 million failure on that one. And I tried to tell them from the first week I was on the project. "Fixing it as you suggest (new board layout) would cause a one month schedule hit. We can't afford it. We have a product delivery deadline." They never did deliver. Heh. )
"A transformer can deliver its rated RMS power as DC in a rectifier/capacitor circuit" - Me - "No it can't it is pulsed power. The losses are higher" (under my breath "you idiot").
"A 10 mil line can carry 1 amp. The losses are unimportant." - And that was in aerospace. And if you look at PCB specs a 10 mil line CAN carry 1 amp. The losses however....
I'm an EE by ability. Those fooks were merely EEs by degree. Who would you prefer for your space ship design?
My biggest advantage? I am unable to assume I learned what I need to know in school. i.e. I am unhandicapped by the assumption of knowledge.
I'm also pretty good at laying out PCBs.