# Inertial fusion pellets.

1. Nov 20, 2005

### theCandyman

I asked one of the professors in the nuclear engineering department recently how inertial fusion could be a viable energy source if so little matter was fused. He told me that I would be suprised and said that I should do the calculation myself. I found the volume of the pellet, but now I have the problem of finding the pressure of the gas inside it. Does anyone know what it is?

2. Nov 20, 2005

### mathman

If you know the mass of the gas inside, you can use the standard gas law as a good approximation. If you don't know the mass, there is no solution.

3. Nov 21, 2005

### Morbius

Candyman,
Courtesy of the University of California - Berkeley:
http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/thyd/ne161/kwilson/icf.html
" Each pellet has about a 45% burnup rate, is cyrogenic and multilayered,
and has a mass of 1 mg."
or
"Each pellet has a gain of 150, and the target requires 1 MJ of energy for
explosion. The fuel is burned at a rate of 20 pellets per second."
Dr. Gregory Greenman
Physicist

4. Nov 25, 2005

### Morbius

Candyman,
Courtesy of the University of California - Berkeley:

http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/thyd/ne161/kwilson/icf.html

" Each pellet has about a 45% burnup rate, is cyrogenic and multilayered,
and has a mass of 1 mg."

or

"Each pellet has a gain of 150, and the target requires 1 MJ of energy for
explosion. The fuel is burned at a rate of 20 pellets per second."

Dr. Gregory Greenman
Physicist