Behold the mayo: Experiments reveal ‘instability threshold’ of elastic-plastic material

Rayleigh-Taylor-instability experiments confirm that the instability of elastic-plastic material is a function of initial conditions, such as amplitude and wavelength; characterization could apply to problems relevant to inertial confinement fusion Lehigh University Arindam Banerjee, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University, studies the dynamics of materials in extreme environments. He and…

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MIT continues progress toward practical fusion energy

From the “we are this close to nuclear fusion department, 7th decade edition” and MIT: In series of talks, researchers describe major effort to address climate change through carbon-free power. A year after announcing a major public-private collaboration to design a fusion reactor capable of producing more power than it consumes, researchers from MIT and the startup…

MIT tries to reboot stalled nuclear fusion power development

From MIT and the “always 15 years away” department. MIT and newly formed company launch novel approach to fusion power – Goal is for research to produce a working pilot plant within 15 years. Progress toward the long-sought dream of fusion power — potentially an inexhaustible and zero-carbon source of energy — could be about to…

Competition to Achieve Viable Nuclear Fusion Heating Up

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t The Register The international ITER Fusion project might be mired in cost overruns and severe delays, but competition is heating up, between China and Germany, to create a viable nuclear fusion reactor. Back in December, WUWT reported that Germany had started testing their Stellarator Fusion Reactor with Helium Plasmas.…

German Continuous Nuclear Fusion Reactor Milestone

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Germany has activated its new Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator reactor for the first time, briefly testing its ability to heat and contain a Helium plasma. The German Stellarator is the first nuclear fusion reactor ever built which has a chance of hitting break even – or at the very least, of…