IEC Fusion Reactor Mark 2


IEC Fusion Reactor Mark 2:

View the continuation of IEC research in the Mark 3 IEC fusion reactor.

The Mark 2 reactor was built as a test for the machining procedures that would be used to fabricate the mark 3 reactor core. The core for the mark 2 was successfully machined but not welded. The vacuum hub designed for the mark 2 was migrated to the mark 3 reactor.


Core Assembly:

Main components are attached to the reactor core. High voltage feed through connected to accelerating grid, and vacuum hub are attached to axial NW40 ports.






Thermionic Ion Injector Prototype:

Thermionic injector will not be used due to filament sputtering.


Vacuum Hub:



Fuel Control:



Deuterium Supply:

Heavy water is electrolyzed to form deuterium and oxygen. The deuterium is then transferred to the reactor. This electrolysis assembly is enclosed in a centrifuge tube that contains the heavy water.


Vacuum System:

The reactor system is pumped down with a Sargent Welch 3135 turbo molecular pump backed by a Sargent Welch 1400 dual stage rotary vain vacuum pump.

The reactor must be operated under high vacuum to obtain the required mean free path, or average distance between collisions, for the deuterium ions being accelerated through the central grid. Operation at lower vacuum levels would cause the deuterium ions to collide with ambient, unionized deuterium in the reactor before they acquired the required energy level for fusion to occur.


Useful links: Open Source Fusion Research Consortium.





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