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FAQ - Location for my super fusor?? Where?

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:22 pm
by Richard Hull
First of all no one will ever make a super fusor. The finest and most money intensive efforts ($15,000) might produce a fusor of a type that should not be in an occupied area when running.

Some key factors....

1. No one will be running their fusor all day and all night.
2. No one will have access to power sufficient to run a potent fusor in their living room.
3. Hopefully, no one will attempt a significant fusor in an appartment building.

This post is only for those building a real fusor doing real fusion in a metal shelled device and operating at applied voltages of 25,000 volts or higher.

Any area that can be clear of people, long term, within a 20 foot radius, with a wall separating them from the fusor should be used. Garages, sheds, and places in a home that are farthest removed from common areas should be OK. Such fusors should only be operated when people within the dwelling are two rooms away from the device.

If forced to build in a confined dwelling, operate the fusor only when all people are at work or gone. If occupied, only operate at night in a room farthest removed from bedrooms and sleeping areas. Operate the fully powered fusor for short periods only. (20 minutes under operational power should be enough for a data collection/activation run.)

99.999% of all fusors will present no effective neutron hazards to health. The entire danger in all fusors operated at voltages above 25,000 volts are X rays and these will not be severe until voltages above 40,000 volts are applied. Simple, thin lead shielding, (1/8 inch) close to such super fusors will totally protect the user and others around it.

Check out the shielding FAQs related to shielding x-radiation in this forum and in the radiation FAQs forum.

Note: Newbie, younger members will, in general, never do much of anything fusion related. For those that have the verve and access to money and materials needed to do more must secure an adult supervisor or "mentor", as the major danger in constructing a significant fusion device is always accidental electrocution via ignorance of safety issues involved. Only after voltages in excess of 25,000 volts are in hand, should x-ray shielding be addressed.

As noted in other FAQs, no glass enclosure should ever be operated over 10,000 volts as no real measurable fusion is possible in any amateur glass enclosure.
Only within enclosed metal chambers, as seen commonly here, should real fusion be attempted.

In general, small demo fusors operated off DC rectified, neon sign transformers are about as far as the average young person will ever take their efforts. Money and attention span are their limiting factors.

The best and cheapest shielding is always the inverse square law and minimizing exposure times.

Richard Hull