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Calculating Nuclear Fusion Energy

  1. Nov 3, 2013 #1
    Hi,

    I'm doing some coursework on nuclear fusion, and am trying to calculate the energy released by fusing a tritium and a deuterium atom together. I used the equation:

    ( Σ mass (reactants) - Σ mass (products) ) x 931.5 MeV/amu = Binding energy.

    and Deuterium + Tritium = Helium + neutron

    I know the value should be about 17.58 MeV, however when I did it it came out as about 18.1.

    The values I used are Triton: 3.0160492u , Deuteron: 2.0135532u , Helium nucleus: 4.0015061u and a neutron: 1.0086649u.

    Thanks in advance

    Frazer
     
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  3. Nov 3, 2013 #2

    cepheid

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    This is not advanced physics. Moving thread.

    Anyway, what source is telling you that the answer should be 17.58 MeV?
     
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