Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Nuclear fusion and bernouilli's principle

  1. Apr 13, 2007 #1
    Could Bernouilli's principle be used to cause nuclear fusion.Instead of spherical targets for lasers to strike what if we had funnel shaped targets - lots of them - with their apices all meeting in roughly the same region of space.Lasers beams could strike the wide ends of the funnels and force deuterium into the narrower parts of the funnels where it would pick up speed. Or would there be too much back pressure?
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 13, 2007 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor


    You don't want to have the deuterium pick up speed. Recall Bernoulli's Principle states that
    the faster the material moves - the LOWER the pressure. You don't want fast moving LOW
    pressure deuterium.

    You want to have HIGH pressure STAGNANT deuterium. That's what a spherical implosion
    gives you. Forget Bernoulli.

    Dr. Gregory Greenman
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?

Similar Discussions: Nuclear fusion and bernouilli's principle
  1. Nuclear fusion (Replies: 5)

  2. Nuclear Fusion Idea (Replies: 33)