Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 319 of 320: behold, the 50-ton neutral beam positioned in all its off-axis glory! πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬πŸ“·

Newly placed on the shelf: a 1/30 scale model of Doublet III 🀩Doublet III is the predecessor to the presently operating DIII-D National Fusion Facility. For a real blast from the past, here is a 1980 publication about the β€œStatus and Future Plans of Doublet III.”

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 305 of 320: first test of full hydraulic lift feature is successful! Our new 50-ton neutral beam lifted to an angle of roughly 20-degrees πŸ“

A 1978 site layout of the General Atomics Company 3.6 MW fusion power plant as drawn by the Parsons Company. It’s just the buildings, not the device, and for some reason it looks like they sited it in Colorado πŸ˜€

Someone sent me this gem: a 1977 poster from Grumman Aerospace Horizons magazine detailing 50 years of nuclear fusion energy development. It extends from “Great Expectations” in 1951 to β€œPay Dirt” in 1978. Separates work into U.S. National Labs and international efforts.

Profiles in Diagnostics: A Hot Pursuit to Understand ICE

Kathreen Thome studies how particles travel through fusion plasmas using high frequency magnetic fluctuations known as ion cyclotron emission (ICE). The tokamak approach to magnetic confinement fusion uses a toroidal solenoid to confine high temperature plasmas. With peak plasma temperatures above 100 million degrees Celsius, no physical measurements are possible beyond the very edge of…

Just returned to school for an MBA. Ten years since I was last in school, and 14 years since my last class, it feels so odd to have homework again πŸ“™

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 242 of 320: all three spools of the 5 MW neutral beam are assembled on the new stand. Someday this entire 50-ton system will be sliding along its new rails.

The National Academies says we should emphasize designing and building a fusion power plant in the U.S.; will we get Congress to agree?

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 220 of 320: concrete pouring is complete and mostly cured. What a gorgeous platform!