China is set to test the worlds first nuclear fusion reactor on August 15th.
The Chinese EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) a.k.a. 'HT-7U' had been built in Hefei, the capital of eastern China's Anhui
Province, and is a smaller version of the European International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, which is due for completion in a decade.
BEIJING, July 24 (UPI) -- The first plasma discharge from China's experimental advanced superconducting research center -- the so-called
"artificial sun" -- is set to occur next month.
The plasma discharge will draw international attention since some scientists are concerned with risks involved in such a process. But Chinese
researchers involved in the project say any radiation will cease once the test is completed.
The experiment will take place in a structure made of reinforced concrete, with five-foot-thick walls and a three-foot-thick roof.
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The development costs were about 1/20th of what similar devices that are being constructed cost. And Spiderman is not going to be here to save us
Students originally begun building the reactor 40 years ago in that place because of a policy known as 'Third Line,' something Mao Zedong initiated
in the 1960s that was supposed ot keep all valuable assets away as far away as possible from the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Let's just hope that that
mentality is not
in place nowadays, and they are thinking about the safety of the reactor and NOT how safe it is from CIA saboteurs. It sounds
shaky enough even with all these top scientists working on it.
Nuclear fusion is different to nuclear fission - what normal reactors like the ones that provide power normally do - in the respect that the process
joins two light atoms together to form a single heavy one, while fission splits one heavy atom into two lighter ones. It produces less waste, and can
theoretically output far more energy, although the current world record is 16MW, set 9 years ago (for comparison, a fission reactor to be built in
Finland will be outputting 1600 MW).
Inside the reactor, deuterium and tritium atoms will be forced together at a temperature above 100 million C.
Doesn't it look pretty?
Actually, reminds me of the Matrix or
something. Also, this
image shows what the inside looks like, turned
off on the left and operational on the right. There are lots more pictures in the first ATS thread I referenced.
The EAST could be viewed as a smaller experimental reactor to help with the development of the ITER, although the Chinese apparently intend to inject
the produced electricity into their grid. It is expected to have a capacity of 500MW.
Not saying it's bad - because China really needs a new energy source - I just hope this all goes well and the Chinese are responsible with this
enormous power they are about to create. And let us just cross our fingers and hope they have done a better job with this than that toaster in my
Chernobyl's number 4 reactor had about 4 foot of concrete on top (after many conflicting accounts - please say if wrong) as well as 5-foot thick
concrete walls, and where did that get them? And what's with this commie obsession with mixing concrete and nuclear things?
A rather amusing little comparison:
Walls of U.S. Embassy, Baghdad = 15 feet thick (against suicide bombers packing TNT)
Walls of fusion reactor = 3-5 feet thick (against explosive force of universe)
I'll post on this as soon as something happens, and if I don't get back to you it would be safe to assume that the world has ended. LOL . . . or
Related News Links:
Related AboveTopSecret.com Discussion Threads:
OMG! Artificial Sun!!!
China has developed an Artificial Sun
Introduction...anyone know about nuclear fusion?
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