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Lockheed says makes breakthrough on Fusion Energy project

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posted on Oct, 25 2015 @ 06:36 AM
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A decade?

Here is a diagram for a working Hydrogen core.

The secret to making it stable and working is that you need binary cores. That simple.

How about building one now?

I have a diagram for one that could fit in the boot of a car and produce enough power for a super-car.





posted on Oct, 29 2015 @ 07:56 AM
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And to think electric cars were used in late 1800's, i think they could have come up with this much sooner.



posted on Oct, 29 2015 @ 08:39 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: FormOfTheLord


So can anyone think of the any ways this might benifit our civilization?

The thread is full of what you asked for. You want everyone to repeat it for you?


Are you a bot?

You sound like one, with your curt remarks. Instead of your multitude of very short posts mostly criticising others in one way or another, maybe it would be an idea if you posted something constructive and in keeping with the thread and focus less on critiquing your fellow members once in a while.

Try it, you may like it.

Something like..it will save millions of lives..it will clean up our environment...it will make resource based wars obsolete...it will enable greater space exploration...open up and make accessible previously inhospitable areas of this planet for habitation and recreation...it will be beneficial in medical circles...it will free up personal wealth for recreation rather than that wealth going on energy expenditure...

There you go Phage, you can have any or all of those and run with them..or you can just post having a go at another member.


edit on 29 10 2015 by MysterX because: typo



posted on Oct, 29 2015 @ 09:42 AM
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I thought this was an interesting interview with a NASA staff member talking about small cold fusion in every home and car. . . .



posted on Mar, 21 2016 @ 01:43 PM
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Lockheed Martin said they would give a follow-up in February or March, 2015, of the Compact Fusion Reactor progress. Both moths pass by with no follow-up. Then the first half of the year... then the second half. Still nothing.

In an October 2014 speech at MIT, Dr. Thomas McGuire gave more information on the type of device they were constructing. The notes were posted by a blogger that attended the event then a weekly online news article. I found a write up with most of the original Aviationweek article as well (you need a valid email account to view AW content now) that actually has the 2014 MIT speech (have to watch later at home) in nextbigfuture.


Magnetic Confinement with magnetic mirrors and recirculation of losses

Their magnetic confinement concept combined elements from several earlier approaches. The core of the device uses cusp confinement, a sort of magnetic trap in which particles that try to escape are pushed back by rounded, pillowlike magnetic fields. Cusp devices were investigated in the 1960s and 1970s but were largely abandoned because particles leak out through gaps between the various magnetic fields leading to a loss of temperature. McGuire says they get around this problem by encapsulating the cusp device inside a magnetic mirror device, a different sort of confinement technique. Cylindrical in shape, it uses a magnetic field to restrict particles to movement along its axis. Extra-strong fields at the ends of the machine—magnetic mirrors—prevent the particles from escaping. Mirror devices were also extensively studied last century, culminating in the 54-meter-long Mirror Fusion Test Facility B (MFTF-B) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. In 1986, MFTF-B was completed at a cost of $372 million but, for budgetary reasons, was never turned on.

Another technique the team is using to counter particle losses from cusp confinement is recirculation.

Source: Nextbigfuture Lockheed Martin Compact Fusion Reactor Update with Video of Technical Presentation made at Princeton

So it sounds like they (LM) are using several different magnetic confinement strategies together to keep thermal loss down and managed. Meanwhile several other companies are also making progress (the next big future article mentions several). And I can't help but notice MIT made an announcement in late 2015 about upgrading their superconducting magnets to REBCO (which are not only smaller in size and stronger in field strength but only needs cooling with liquid nitrogen). I am sure LM knows about REBCO as MIT is Dr. McGuire's alma mater.

But still no LM updates.

edit on 21-3-2016 by TEOTWAWKIAIFF because: clarity



posted on Mar, 21 2016 @ 01:52 PM
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Well, either it worked and they put a Top Secret stamp on it...
Or it didn't work, and they put a Top Secret stamp on it.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 01:32 PM
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WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin continues to invest in its portable nuclear fusion generator, with that investment recently entering a more advanced stage, according to the head of the company’s Skunk Works division.
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[Rob] Weiss [Exec. VP, LM] said. “It’s basically at this stage we are increasing the temperature at which the fusion could occur, and our process for containing the reaction, and we will continue to elevate the level of the temperature and testing the containment theory.”

Weiss also confirmed the team has achieved “initial plasma,” an important early step for the reactor.

Source: DefenseNews.com, May 3, 2016 - Lockheed Still Supporting Portable Nuclear Generator

I posted a portion of this report in another thread but it really belongs with this particular thread.

It is "good news" in a sense that work continues (no funding issues) but I would like more technical details (temp, test plasma gas, confinement strategy, magnetic strength, etc). At this point I will take what I can get!



posted on May, 13 2016 @ 06:28 PM
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Well it seems that NextBigFuture is keeping up on this story as well!


Their magnetic confinement concept combined elements from several earlier approaches. The core of the device uses cusp confinement, a sort of magnetic trap in which particles that try to escape are pushed back by rounded, pillowlike magnetic fields. Cusp devices were investigated in the 1960s and 1970s but were largely abandoned because particles leak out through gaps between the various magnetic fields leading to a loss of temperature. McGuire says they get around this problem by encapsulating the cusp device inside a magnetic mirror device, a different sort of confinement technique. Cylindrical in shape, it uses a magnetic field to restrict particles to movement along its axis. Extra-strong fields at the ends of the machine—magnetic mirrors—prevent the particles from escaping.
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Another technique the team is using to counter particle losses from cusp confinement is recirculation.
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* The magnetic field increases the farther that you go out, which pushes the plasma back in.
* It also has very few open field lines (very few paths for the plasma to leak out)
* Very good arch curvature of the field lines
* The Lockheed system has a beta of about 1.

Source: nextbigfuture.com, May 3, 2016 - Lockheed Portable Fusion project still making progress

Finally, the LM CFR confinement is explained. They nest one type, cusp, inside another, magnetic mirror. The plasma that follows that line is recirculated by yet another strategy. This is very different than either tokomaks or the fully optimized stellarator, Wendelstein 7-X.

And from the funding post they have achieved a plasma in their CFR device!



posted on Aug, 2 2016 @ 04:55 PM
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Measuring in at 800 meters, the massive ship is powered by a compact atomic fusion reactor capable of producing 400 megawatts of energy to drive a turbine. Enough to get across entire seas in a clean safe way at 40 knots.

Source: Yankodesign.com, July 26,2016 - Autonomous Ships of the Future.

Complete vaporware seeing as Lockheed's T-4 compact fusion reactor is not even complete but the design sure is shiny and neat! And there are more pictures than words at the site! Their idea is to have no people on board! All completely computer controlled and autonomous. The small blurb mentions "AI". I do not think 400 MW is necessary. It is actually overkill. Original design for T4 CFR was 100 MW that could provide power 80,000 homes! And they want a reactor 4 times that for a ship? But I guess the conceptual drawings look cool so I will give them that much.



posted on Aug, 5 2016 @ 11:58 AM
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Wow, the Wikipedia entry has expanded on the High Beta Fusion Reactor (the type of reactor that Lockheed Skunkworks Compact Fusion Reactor, T-4 actually is).


By WikiHelper2134 at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org...
Wikipedia: High Beta Fusion Reactor.

That is quiet the complex magnetic confinement scheme! What is not shown is the end reflectors and the entire set of coils are also surrounded by magnets. The green arrows get reflected back towards the center (I think). And everything that goes over the edges of the magnetic coils are also guided back towards where the green arrows point (that is my understanding, but may completely be off the mark). The entire plasma ends up surrounding the magnetic coils but gets pushed back towards the center. So, if you take the middle coil and make it a cylinder surrounding the other coils that would be my understanding of the confinement scheme. As fast as the plasma expands it is pushed back into the center in a constant circulation.
edit on 5-8-2016 by TEOTWAWKIAIFF because: grammar nazi and clarity



posted on Aug, 16 2016 @ 01:41 PM
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a reply to: mbkennel

Update on LPPfusion. Had this in another thread that was way too old (dead links). This is only other one I found while searching. The other thread was really bare, so sorry if it sounds too 'teacherish'.


On November 14, 2008, Lerner received funding for continued research, to test the scientific feasibility of Focus Fusion. On October 15, 2009, the DPF device "Focus Fusion-1" achieved its first pinch. On January 28, 2011, LPP published initial results including experimental shots with considerably higher fusion yields than the historical DPF trend. In March, 2012, the company announced that it had achieved temperatures of 1.8 billion degrees, beating the old record of 1.1 billion that had survived since 1978. In 2016 the company announced that it had achieved a fusion yield of .25 joules.

Nextbigfuture, Aug. 15, 2016 - LPP Fusion August 15 update.

Website: LPPFusion.

This is aneutronic fusion which requires a lot more engineering up front to reach the higher temperatures (8 billion °C) for boron-proton nuclear fusion to occur. The device is known as Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) that uses electromagnets to 'pinch' the plasma in an electrode (kind of like a huge spark plug).

The Nextbigfuture article has a chart showing they have done 1,000 shots and can reach 1.8 billion °C. They said if they reach their goals they can generate clean electricity at 0.3 cents/kwh. Right now they are cleaning the upgraded tungsten electrode by firing plasma (called 'shots') and after cleaning they think they can demonstrate 10 Joules of power (it is taking about 60 J to fire a shot, so it has a ways to go for net energy out) and get further funding. That is a higher temp than any tokamak or the W7-X stellarator in Germany (which is deuterium-tritium reactions that generates a neutrino but a lower temperature, a mere 100 million °C). The teams line of research is to reduce the energy used to create the magnet fields and hook back up more electric capacitors. The article also said they need 3-d modeling help with pulsed power circuits. And a beryllium electrode upgrade.

Cool news and glad to see progress with this line of nuclear fusion research!



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 01:18 PM
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