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Old February 17 2013, 09:26 AM   #13
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Re: Lockheed-Martin Skunkworks - game changing fusion project!

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From the little information available, the magnetic containment could be workable (but can it contain plasma at high pressure, and if yes, how much energy will this require?).

Of course, the major problem with this type of fusion generators is how can you heat the fuel to a high enough temperature/pressure. RF is not enough - and no other mechanism was presented.
Other problems are extracting the energy - presumably by absorbing the energy of the neutrons produced - and dealing with neutron-induced defects in the containment vessel and heat exchanger. Is there a more direct way to extract the energy without resorting to heating water and driving a steam turbine? It seems so 19th century.
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