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Record for fusion

  1. Oct 22, 2016 #1

    wolram

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    I found this site very interesting.
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161021133915.htm

    Date:
    October 21, 2016
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Summary:
    Scientists and engineers recently made a leap forward in the pursuit of clean energy. The team set a new world record for plasma pressure in an Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Plasma pressure is the key ingredient to producing energy from nuclear fusion, and MIT's new result achieves over 2 atmospheres of pressure for the first time.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2016 #2

    mfb

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    At the last day of operation. If you don't care if something breaks, why not try to get the maximum out of it?
     
  4. Oct 22, 2016 #3

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    They are in a shared building in the middle of Boston. I don't think going Myth Busters on a multi Megawatt device is especially good for the other facilities housed in that building or perhaps neighboring buildings.

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  5. Oct 23, 2016 #4

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    The danger of a catastrophic explosion is simply not a possibility. Other than perhaps an arc flash, I'm betting the worst you could get is some fried electrical components or damaged valves/probes/other fragile reactor components.
     
  6. Oct 23, 2016 #5

    mfb

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    Exactly. The worst case for fusion reactors is a damaged reactor. The overall energy in the plasma is tiny, it is not even sufficient to melt the reactor walls.
     
  7. Oct 23, 2016 #6

    rbelli1

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    I was more worried about the multi Megawatt power input to the device. Large energized superconducting magnets can do some interesting things if uncontrollably quenched.

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  8. Oct 23, 2016 #7

    mfb

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    The reactor used normalconducting magnets.
     
  9. Oct 23, 2016 #8

    rbelli1

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    Well turn it up to 11 then!

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