posted on Mar, 20 2019 @ 12:22 PM
a reply to: dfnj2015
The 2nd run completed with a bunch of new milestones.
They added a divertor which is used to steer impurities in the plasma out of the reactor. The thing is carbon tile and can take a huge load of heat.
They were able to steer the plasma onto the divertor each time they tried and watch it catch and dissipate the heat load upon it.
They upgraded the carbon tiles around the inside of the reactor. Each was computer cut to a specification of .001 or something ridiculous like that!
That allowed them to get that 100 second mark of heating with a passively cooled reactor. When it was built, they had the active cooling portion
constructed inside but not hooked up. It will be after this shut down for upgrades.
They hit a milestone for a stellarator style fusion reactor for ion heating. And the reached high plasma density which they said could be easily be
higher had they had active cooling. The new microwave beam heaters they installed performed flawlessly. And they confirmed what the published from
round 1, that their magnetic fields hardly needed any help from the outside magnets (used to correct any flaws).
I seriously think this device will reach ignition, where the plasma becomes self-sustaining "fire" because it was designed that way (using "super
computers" from the 1990s! lol). In fact, a researcher has already made improvements to the magnetic confinement scheme used to construct W7-X. They
should be able to construct another stellarator with less magnets and as efficient confinement.
Check out the IPP newsletters
, for all the things they have accomplished. From the first one where they
ran a helium plasma and talked about the insane camera set up, to all things I mentioned above. I really think this will demonstrate nuclear fusion as
a viable source of energy!
@frenchfries, check out Thor Energy as they continue to run fuel test on their thorium reactor (something like a 5 year run. And this is round 2 for