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originally posted by: dfnj2015
The Germans are the best engineers in the world:
originally posted by: EvillerBob
The Americans are great at being production engineers. The same machine will have 10 components and 4 screws - all 4 of which are identical and available off the shelf from most suppliers. Their machine may not perform as superbly as the Germans' machine, but it will perform well enough across a wide range of conditions and can be easily mass-produced at reasonable cost. The machine can be repaired with a coat hanger and a piece of string.
Physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are providing critical expertise for the first full campaign of the world's largest and most powerful stellarator, a magnetic confinement fusion experiment, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) in Germany. The fusion facility resumes operating on August 28, 2017, and will investigate the suitability of its optimized magnetic fields to create steady state plasmas and to serve as a model for a future power plant for the production of a "star in a jar," a virtually limitless source of safe and clean energy for generating electricity.
The new run will test a device called an "island divertor" for exhausting thermal energy and impurities. The campaign will also increase the heating power of the stellarator to eight megawatts to enable operation at a higher beta—the ratio of plasma pressure to the magnetic field pressure, a key factor for plasma confinement.
The German language is very precise and unambiguous, a contributing factor certainly to their leading role in the sciences.