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by Dan Knapp
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Advanced Technical Discussion Area
Topic: Positive Electrostatic Fusion Reactor
Replies: 22
Views: 11393

Re: Positive Electrostatic Fusion Reactor

It should be mentioned in this discussion that the idea of "pumping" an ion cloud by alternate electrostatic expansion and compression in a fusion reactor is not a new idea; it was pursued by the Los Alamos group back in the nineties as the "periodically oscillating plasma sphere" or "POPS." For det...
by Dan Knapp
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: Is this part of EMC2 research finally coming to light?
Replies: 15
Views: 8168

Re: Is this part of EMC2 research finally coming to light?

Original post of patent numbers has been corrected.
For some reason the Google Patent search function is having trouble pulling these up.
The direct links are:
http://www.google.com/patents/US20140301517,
http://www.google.com/patents/US20140301518,
http://www.google.com/patents/US20140301519
by Dan Knapp
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: Is this part of EMC2 research finally coming to light?
Replies: 15
Views: 8168

Re: Is this part of EMC2 research finally coming to light?

Sorry, transcription error. Correct numbers are:
US20140301517, US20140301518, US20140301519.
Thanks for catching this.
by Dan Knapp
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: Is this part of EMC2 research finally coming to light?
Replies: 15
Views: 8168

Re: Is this part of EMC2 research finally coming to light?

The Lockheed patent applications were just published (October 9). To see them, search Google Patents for US20140301517, US20140301518, US20140301519. The inventor name is Thomas John McGuire. Hopefully, the skeptics will read them before they spew forth venom. Skeptics would be well advised to use d...
by Dan Knapp
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Interesting Links
Topic: For a good laugh from the University of Washington
Replies: 11
Views: 11873

Re: For a good laugh from the University of Washington

If we're now having civil discussion of personal beliefs, and not laughing at one another, I'll share mine. I'm not as pessimistic as Richard about fusion power, but I do agree that advanced fission approaches are the next logical step in energy production. I strongly believe, however, that fusion w...
by Dan Knapp
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Vacuum Technology (& FAQs)
Topic: Weird Compression Fitting
Replies: 3
Views: 1417

Re: Weird Compression Fitting

If you're talking about the male thread for the nut that holds the hose barb fitting, this is a straight thread and won't make a seal to an NPT thread. It is not a weird compression fitting but rather the standard hose barb fitting found on regulators. If you want a different connector replace the m...
by Dan Knapp
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: Interesting Links
Topic: For a good laugh from the University of Washington
Replies: 11
Views: 11873

Re: For a good laugh from the University of Washington

I believe the "dynomak" design was published (in a peer reviewed journal) as a proposed engineering design, and a good engineering design normally includes a cost analysis. I think it can be argued that any engineering design is "make believe" until it is built and tested. Unless one is prepared to ...
by Dan Knapp
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Interesting Links
Topic: For a good laugh from the University of Washington
Replies: 11
Views: 11873

Re: For a good laugh from the University of Washington

Not sure what you're laughing about. Have you read their paper?
by Dan Knapp
Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: The world's largest fusor
Replies: 5
Views: 3818

Re: The world's largest fusor

The 1997 JET experiments with DT achieved the still current record of 16 MW of fusion power using low levels of tritium. This was about two thirds of the power used to heat the plasma. The planned tritium campaign will use higher tritium levels and could achieve the first breakeven, or even net ener...
by Dan Knapp
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Fusion --- Past, Present, and Future
Topic: The world's largest fusor
Replies: 5
Views: 3818

Re: The world's largest fusor

JET is clearly a magnetic confinement device designed to do fusion in a Maxwellian thermal plasma. The point was that the majority of the fusion in present operation is from collisions of the non-Maxwellian injected beam as occurs in a fusor. The record energy production in JET was when they did sho...