In this space, visitors are invited to post any comments, questions, or skeptical observations about Philo T. Farnsworth's contributions to the field of Nuclear Fusion research.
Subject: Re: Pulsing an IEC 1,2,3 BANG!!!!
Date: Oct 20, 5:21 pm
Poster: Issac B.
On Oct 20, 5:21 pm, Issac B. wrote:
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>I saw the entry on the board about Dr. Miley's >work on pulsing of IEC's. Miley's experiments on >pulsing are second to none.
>So, I would suggest getting a copy of this and >other papers that Dr. Miley has done on his IEC >research at UI because they will tell you >everything you need to do the pulse experiment >you want to do. They will raise the reaction >rate if done correctly so like all past IEC >amateur experiments I suggest we revisit the >safety issues once again to make sure no own >gets hurt should they try these new pulse method.
Nathan, I found a recent NASA article talking about advanced space propulsion, where they have pulsed an IEC fusor to record fusion levels. (use northernlight.com, a great search engine)
Have you seen this? It talks about SBIR funding specifically for pulsed fusor operation but does not show details of the mechanism. Do you know what they are doing?
"This is a really neat concept, something you can literally put your hands around," said Dr. Jon Nadler of NPL Associates in Champaign, Ill. Under a Small Business Innovative Research grant from NASA/Marshall, he is working with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to develop the idea that Farnsworth had in 1950: fusion in a small bottle.
"The SBIR funding has allowed us to make some historic advances," Nadler told the audience. Using a pulsed megawatt power supply, the IEC achieved its highest pulsed current yet - 17 amps at 40,000 volts. The IEC has also gone from producing one neutron (released by deuterium-deuterium fusion) in every 10 cycles to more than 100 neutrons per cycle.
"I'm happy to report that everything is looking good for increased reactivity," he said. "And we haven't even stressed anything out yet."