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Energies 2018, 11(4), 988; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11040988

X-Pinch Plasma Generation Testing for Neutron Source Development and Nuclear Fusion

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa L1H7K4, ON, Canada
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Received: 9 March 2018 / Revised: 12 April 2018 / Accepted: 16 April 2018 / Published: 19 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nuclear Power, Including Fission and Fusion Technologies)
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Nuclear fusion is a sought-out technology in which two light elements are fused together to create a heavier element and releases energy. Two primary nuclear fusion technologies are being researched today: magnetic and inertial confinement. However, a new type of nuclear fusion technology is currently being research: multi-pinch plasma beams. At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, there is research on multi-pinch plasma beam technology as an alternative to nuclear fusion. The objective is to intersect two plasma arcs at the center of the chamber. This is a precursor of nuclear fusion using multi-pinch. The innovation portion of the students’ work is the miniaturization of this concept using high energy electrical DC pulses. The experiment achieved the temperature of 2300 K at the intersection. In comparison to the simulation data, the temperature from the simulation is 7000 K at the intersection. Additionally, energy harvesting devices, both photovoltaics and a thermoelectric generator, were placed in the chamber to observe the viable energy extraction. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasma generation; X-pinch; fusion energy; engineering design of fusion reactor plasma generation; X-pinch; fusion energy; engineering design of fusion reactor
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A.Gabbar, H.; Stoute, C.A.B.; Bondarenko, D.; Tarsitano, N.; Abdel Rihem, A.; Sirakov, S.; Jani, S.; Menashi, S. X-Pinch Plasma Generation Testing for Neutron Source Development and Nuclear Fusion. Energies 2018, 11, 988.

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