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    Cool Fusion Power Question

    There must be some use for this forum...

    If you somehow manage to build a nuclear fusion reactor, is there a possibility that it might blow up as a supernova? Might be a scifi story idea.

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    Default Re: Fusion Power Question

    When you posted this topic Mikachu, I thought it had to do with the Gillette razor of the same name (there is a brand of Gillette shaving razors called Gillette Fusion, and one particular sub-brand called Gillette Fusion Power, which is a battery operated version).

    But now that I realized it has nothing to do with that, I can tell you I am no rocket scientist. But speaking of scientists, if you know one, I suppose you could ask one that question, as I'm quite sure they'd have a better answer than what I can come up with. Sorry Mikachu.
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    Default Re: Fusion Power Question

    I assumed this thread would be about fusion in Dragon Ball Z, more specifically - who you would fuse with.

    For the record, my answer is DarkestLight. That's be boss af
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    Default Re: Fusion Power Question

    I'm just a music major, so let me try and talk this through.

    The primary theory for nuclear fusion in civilian use is thermonuclear fusion - that is, heating elements up hot enough to fuse on their own. To get it hot enough, you'll need pressure as well. The problems scientists have run into so far really boil down to needing the superheated elements (plasma) in a vacuum. If they touch something, it'll melt or slow it down or cool it off (in any case, less than ideal conditions). So just pressing the stuff together won't work, because it will touch whatever's pressing it in. So scientists have looked into having the plasma spin really fast or be pushed in by magnets, which are both very tough to do.

    As far as failure of such things, what I've read is that plasma does want to expand as soon as it reaches that state, but I'd presume scientists are starting with super small amounts. Thermonuclear fusion has been achieved on a military level; the result is a one-time explosion. So, in my opinion (again, not a scientist; I make pretty sounds for a living), you'd have to have your story's scientists so full of themselves that they make more plasma than several thermonuclear warheads.

    Also, this got into "put on a government watch list" territory really quickly. Still, hope this helps!
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    Default Re: Fusion Power Question

    Thanks MToolen, and I'll try to think what I'm posting before I post what I'm thinking in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by DragoKnight View Post
    I assumed this thread would be about fusion in Dragon Ball Z, more specifically - who you would fuse with.

    For the record, my answer is DarkestLight. That's be boss af
    As a distraction, and this being MY thread, this thread IS ALSO now about fusion in Dragon Ball Z, more specifically - who you would fuse with

    I don't remember a lot about Dragonball Z Fusion because I have read the manga volumes in question only once, but my answer is Magmar for now, because then we could make it something like


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    Default Re: Fusion Power Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikachu Yukitatsu View Post
    If you somehow manage to build a nuclear fusion reactor, is there a possibility that it might blow up [s]as a supernova?[/b]
    No.

    Very, very, very no.

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    Default Re: Fusion Power Question

    They say there are no dumb questions...

    I'm willing to challenge that.

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