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Sub-Critical Reactor

March 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

For those of you who read my last post, you’ll have seen that I mentioned sub-critical reactors.   A sub-critical reactor is a fission reactor that maintains sub-criticality.  This means that the fuel (thorium), never has enough mass to maintain its own fission reaction; It needs an outside neutron source to […]

Plans For The Fusor

March 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

Some readers may be wondering what is my proposed purpose for the Fusor.  Well, there are three of these. It’s like climbing Mount Everest.  A good number of people have climbed Mount Everest before and people still do, the same is true for the Fusor.  Climbing Mount Everest will most […]

Pricing And Good News

March 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Tonight, I did a review of the costs for the Fusor.  I went over all the current costs I had set (on the equipment pages) and added it all up. I priced each object with a minimum cost and a maximum that I would be willing to spend.  When I […]

Funding

March 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Today’s post is a quick update on the funding situation. I have decided that to raise money for the Fusor, I am going to use three different approaches.  First, I’m going to have a crowd funding drive, which I’ve been mentioning quite a bit.  Second, I plan to establish an […]

Oscilloscope

March 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

As promised, here are the pictures of the oscilloscope which was donated to the Fusor by Richard Tarr.   It is a 20 MHz, twin channel, Kikusui COS5020 ‘scope. At the moment I have no probe to use with it, but it powers on and appears to be in full […]

Visit To Cork

February 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Last week, I went on a trip to Cork, while there, I acquired an oscilloscope and visited Dr. Patrick McCarthy of UCC. Dr. McCarthy took me into his office and showed me around his lab for a few hours and I talked to him for a bit about my plans […]

Supporters

September 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

So far, a number of people have graciously agreed to support my project and advise on different topics, these people will be helping me as I begin to build my Fusor. An especially big thank-you is due to my Uncle Tommie – listed below – who has helped me with […]

Instrumentation, gauges and other items

September 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

There are a number of different types of instruments and gauges required to provide various measurements and counts in a Fusor along with a few other things.   Instruments and gauges needed: – Pressure gauges – Neutron detector – Oscilloscope – X-ray radiation detector – Safety: lead shielding – X-ray […]

How the Fusor works

September 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

A Fusor works by making deuterium atoms fly towards each other in the middle of a stainless steel chamber.   Deuterium  is a gas that is very like hydrogen,  except that it has a neutron, I will explain this later.  A hollow, spherical  grid is placed in the centre of the chamber.  […]

Vacuum Chamber

September 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

The vacuum chamber (approximate cost €400-1000) of the Fusor is where fusion takes place.  The chamber must be made of grade 306 stainless steel or higher. Between 100mm and 300mm is a good diameter for the chamber with between 150 mm and 200 mm being optimum, the chamber does not […]