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New polls show substantial support for nuclear energy
Sixty percent of respondents in a recent national survey favored the use of nuclear energy, with only 25 percent opposing its use. While the latest Bisconti Research poll focuses on nuclear power and electricity generation, its findings on public interest in climate change and using a spectrum of sources to meet energy needs are consistent with a recent Pew Research Center poll on a broad set of energy policy and climate change topics. The approaches the two online surveys took to measuring public opinion on nuclear energy yielded different numbers but found some common ground.
S. G. Durbin, C. W. Morrow, M. E. Kipp, D. L. Smith
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 465-469
IFE Drivers and Chambers | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8946
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The ultimate goal of this research is to understand how the recyclable transmission lines (RTL) fail and break apart following each power generating pulse under inertial-fusion-energy-type loading. Containing and collecting the resulting dust, debris, and shrapnel so that it may be repetitively reprocessed and recycled is an especially important step, among many others, to successfully operating a power plant. In this paper the current and the dynamic pressure pulse along the RTL are simulated with the Micro-Cap network circuit code. These results are used as inputs to the CTH shock physics code that characterizes the debris formation and containment wall impacts. These models were applied to represent different sections of the RTL at two resolutions. The following discussion addresses the full size nested cone RTL for a Z-pinch IFE power plant.