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Inertial fusion pellets.

  1. Nov 20, 2005 #1
    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?
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2005 #2

    mathman

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    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.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2005 #3

    Morbius

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    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
     
  5. Nov 25, 2005 #4

    Morbius

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    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
     
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