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Steam fusion

This idea is a bit far fetched and may be total crap but here goes.
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While at work the other day I noticed that when steam is injected into water it rapidly condenses back into water creating a huge amount of compressive force onto a very small point in the water additionally I found that by changing the position of the steam hose, temperature of water and/or volume of steam within a 5 gallon pail that the effect can be magnified greatly. The above experiment is of course not very "clean" and may be subject to other effects but it does show that the process can be optimimized for maximum efficiency.

This led me to thinking about a kind of lobster or somesuch critter that I had heard about on Discovery or Animal planet that had an attack whereby it would move it's claws very fast and in such a way that it caused the water near its prey to cavitate and when the bubble collapsed it did so with such force that it created extreme temperatures lasting for only (if I remember right) a trillionth of a second with temperatures around a million degrees.

So I thought why not replace the water with heavy water dissolve some lithium or boron 11 into it and see if it is enough to drive IC fusion. A more concentrated fuel to try boron 11/deuterium compound? Not sure how it would hold up to being evaporated or if its molten state is friendly to the above method.

Spaceman Spiff, Feb 16 2009

Your critter http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Pistol_shrimp
Pistol shrimp, baby [Custardguts, Feb 16 2009]

They reckon this bad boy can do it too http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Mantis_shrimp
Mantis shrimp, baby [Custardguts, Feb 16 2009]

The cavitation effect you're alluding to http://en.wikipedia...ki/Sonoluminescence
Sonoluminescence, baby [Custardguts, Feb 16 2009]

The field of nuclear physics based on the effect you're talking about, even though it's fairly thoroughly debunked http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Bubble_fusion
[marked-for-deletion] widely known to not exist, baby [Custardguts, Feb 16 2009]


       See links. Physics has been there, tried to do that, bought the tee-shirt on credit, then got stripped of it's titles 'cause it faked test results.   

       Coming to a cold fusion pseudoscience freak's basement near you.
Custardguts, Feb 16 2009

       It's called google, dude, you're supposed to at least wave your hand in it's direction before posting.   

       Or am I the only freak around here who knows of, if not about, pistol and mantis shrimp, sonoluminescence and bubble fusion?
Custardguts, Feb 16 2009

       the mantis shrimp you stand alone with...
loonquawl, Feb 16 2009

       I like the way this is going - sooner or later, you're gonna get a lobster that can boil itself.
coprocephalous, Feb 16 2009

       Water already does a very good job of containing and disseminating the energies of cavitation and sonoluminescence. Adding your "heavy" elements and isotopes only makes the process harder and more inefficient.   

       Heavy water does not magickally add energy to your system. Lithium (if it lasts in the water) does even less. Boron, did you mean bohre-ium? even lesser...   

       The idea is: create cavitation in heavy element liquids, or unstable liquids, to derive more energy Errr, baked (to some extent). Errr, bad science (to some extent). Errrr, errrr (to some extent).   

       I always knew this day would come. An idea where bad science meets avante-guarde science. Marked for deletion: Union of the set "bad science" and the set " we don't know science".
4whom, Feb 16 2009

       See my last link. They tried with hydrocarbons saturated with Deuterium rather than hydrogen - in the hopes of getting fusion to occor. Whilst transient temperatures can get into the megakelvin range, no one could prove any fusion was occoring. That's not to say that more work can't be done on this, it's just that it's not a new idea (see refererences to a 1978 patent).   

       Lastly, //it created extreme temperatures lasting for only (if I remember right) a trillionth of a second with temperatures around a million degrees.// - no, apparently the pistol shrimp hits a measely 5000k.
Custardguts, Feb 16 2009


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