A potential solution to some of the current problems faced by the U.S. magnetic fusion community is presented. It can be implemented with little or no increase in the present funding level and it could promote a more positive attitude toward what is, in its ultimate application to electricity generation, a very long and costly research program. The proposed solution is to devote a signif icant fraction of the current program to developing, and marketing, near term commercial products from low Q devices. It is anticipated that such a research and development program is in fact less expensive than the pursuit of very large and complex toroidal power plants based on the DT cycle.
Standards & References
AMS2644, Liquid Penetrant Inspection Materials, establishes the classification, technical requirements, tests and test procedures for all materials used in the liquid penetrant methods of inspection.