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    AutoCAD inventor as CFD software

    Possibly in some limited form, but it is not going to work nearly as well as actual cfd software.
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    Radioactive alpha source question

    It really depends on the size and quantity of the material in question. Generally alpha radiation is extremely easy to block, even a piece of paper can stop most of it, so I would imagine you wouldn't need much more than a simple glass or plastic window to protect yourself.
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    Newbie from KC

    My passion really bounces around from thing to thing, but for the last few years of my teenage life I have had way too much fun building things that people tell me not to build just to show them wrong. I spend my time building things like extremely powerful lasers, tasers, rockets, Jacobs...
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    What would mixing different radioactive materials do?

    I was wondering about chemical reactions specifically.
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    What would mixing different radioactive materials do?

    If I was to throw together I variety of radioactive materials into a pot, what would be the interaction between the different materials? If I threw together Barium and Polonium, what would happen? What if I added Cesium, Europium, and Strontium to the mix? What about throwing in Uranium? Will...
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    Hm.... interesting.
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    Ok, thank you.
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    Like what? A Thermoelectric generator? In pressure systems, isn't the work done by the pressure difference? Like I said, if you have a 18 psi boiler and a 14 psi condenser, isn't the amount of energy you can get out of it equal to the amount you can get out of a 8 psi boiler and a 4 psi...
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    Ok, I think I understand, but isn't the amount of energy that you can extract from the steams pressure also dependent on the pressure difference? I mean, if you have a 18 psi boiler and a 14 psi condenser, isn't the amount of energy you can get out of it equal to the amount you can get out of a...
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    I am still not sure I understand. If you have chamber A, where steam is produced, and it flows through a turbine into chamber B, which has a lower pressure than chamber A, how does equally increasing or decreasing the pressure in the chambers effect the amount of energy that is produced by the...
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    I am not very familiar with Carnot Efficiency. I remember watching a video on Carnot engines a while back, basically explaining how an engine operating between a high temperature and a low temperature could not have greater efficiency than a Carnot system at the same temperatures. Could you...
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    Why would it be inefficient?
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    Low pressure Fission reactor

    In small Fission reactors it can be hard to get enough heat in order to boil the water inside the boiler, so why don't we create low pressure boiler systems, where we can boil water at slightly above room temperature, use it to turn the steam turbine as it flows to the similarly low pressure...
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    B Calculating heat from decay of a radioactive isotope

    I would imagine so, however radiation such as beta and gamma tends to pass through most materials without reacting to them. Alpha particles are absorbed extremely easily and quickly, even a sheet of paper can block them.
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    Circuit with two voltage sources, finding voltage at nodes

    That is kinda confusing to me as well. An open circuit means the wires are cut off so there will be no current flow, but there is voltage, whereas a closed circuit means the wires are connected so there will be flow of current, but there is no voltage..... I think I get what you are saying, even...
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