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Subject: Re: Fusion... easy or hard?
Date: Nov 29, 8:29 am
Poster: Richard Hull
On Nov 29, 8:29 am, Richard Hull wrote:
It would be hard for me to disount anything concerning fusion as I am far too new to the field. As the oldest surviving member on this list and one of the first to post, I would think my interest in IEC is well established. With an article on the Farnsworth device having been published by me, a video tape assembled and a couple of other honorable mentions in publications, I also have done my bit to spread the word. Also, as one of only two folks on the list to get measured neutron production in a self built fusor, my feeling for the item is based on hands-on experience.
My post was sort of a wake-up call and invitation to have others hop into the fray with hands on stuff too. I have long ago realized my efforts would probably stop when I achieved signifiant fusion products from some future system. I was wise enough to realize that breakeven fusion was just not attainable by me on my budget. I have posted on this all along.
I feel the Bussard effort is the one most likely to yield some major results down the road. I must acknowledge Tom Ligon as my "original mentor" as regards this effort over 3 years ago when we first made contact.
Meanwhile, I'll still be tweeking and fiddling around in my lab. But I will be doing fusion even if I never see one watt of fusion developed over the entire process of feeding countless kilowatts into the system.
I did some very rough calcs and it would appear that including demo systems, I have probably spent about $6,000 over the last 2 1/2 years and about 1000 man hours and consumed in the neighborhood of 30kwh of electricity in the devices alone. I doubt if the resultant fusion has exceeded a few microwatts TOTAL! So the electrical bill of about $3.50 is of little concern compared to the time and money so efficiency of fusion is just not an issue with me. I also have assembled a lot of nice vacuum gear and measuring equipment.
I will admit, I am a lot more savy on vacuum techniques, milling and welding operations and materials sciences than 3 years ago. The new skills alone were worth vaswtly more than the sum spent. You could spend that for a fractional portion of one year of college and come out with some minor learning, but still no skills as regards th' doing.
>The IEC concept seems like the most promising road to break even fusion. The fact that amateurs can make these devices says a lot about the relative easy of both construction and operations. The problem with the IEC concept is that there is as of yet no way to overwhelm its deficiencies as to allow efficient fusion reactions.