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Complete and Utter Failure

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Hakeem, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Pyramidhe@d

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    the only reason we are "running out" of energy is because of the politicians
    maybe we should burn them for energy....
     
  2. BlargHonk

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    Hey rockets don't have to use conventional propellants, earlier I linked to the nuclear rocket.

    Developed and tested in the 60's, project was ended before a flight.
     
  3. Pyritie

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    That pusher plate thing?
     
  4. Steel_Stallion

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    i guess our only hope is to reduce, reuse and recycle



    LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
     
  5. BlargHonk

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    No, the one where the Liquid Nitrogen is superheated by the reactor core and pushed out the back.

    It's like super steam power.

    Also, nice Oreo, good to see you eating those instead of burning oil.
     
  6. PurplePoot

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    That's an ion engine, and they are generally built with much heavier elements such as Xenon.

    Also, Nitrogen is a gas or a plasma if it's superheated, not a liquid. Especially if it's ionized.
     
  7. BlargHonk

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    No, an Ion Engine uses an electrical field to push out the back.

    This uses the expansion of Liquid Nitrogen to Gas (really quickly I might add) when exposed to a reactor core or "Liquid Hot Mag-ma"
     
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    Let's just all kill each other and the survivors take care of the planet...
    Just kidding, we fly to mars, kill the zergs and build a colony there, done.
     
  9. BlargHonk

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    Mars has no zergs......
     
  10. Pyramidhe@d

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    none that we know of....
     
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    While you're on the job, could you check the dark side of the moon please? I heard there are spacenazi's there.
     
  12. Pyritie

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    Oh. I thought you were referring to this.
     
  13. BlargHonk

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    Do you have any idea of the magnitude of the project it is to change the energy source of the whole world? It's not something we can just "do." Construction takes time, and more construction takes more time. More time means more energy used on other things. Energy used on other things means less energy available to convert the energy source. Less energy available means a lower percent of completion. A lower percent of completion paired with oil depletion means an energy shortage. An energy shortage means lots of stuff, among them is starving to death.

    Maybe not now, maybe not next year, maybe not in five years, but it looks like it's going to be a near certainty in most of our lifetimes. Look up the 1973 Oil Embargo. Imagine that, only permanent. If you happen to be American, you should realize that our time has already come. Americans used to be passionate about becoming energy independent. Enough that it elected presidents. People forgot because we were able to import enough oil afterwards. One president put up solar panels on the white house and another took them down.

    Everything we are doing now is not nearly enough.
     
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    we can make slave push a a thingo round in circles like donkeys do and that could be hooked up to an electro magnet.... then we can use that small amount of electricity to power another form of energy creation......

    Nuclear power is like oil..... it relies on Uranium.... wat we going to do wen that runs out?

    And at the current rate alot of countries are making nuclear weapons. so that depletes our source of uranium slowly but steadily.
     
  16. Pyramidhe@d

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    we have loads of uranium stash. we should use it before the world goes ass up completly from global warming
     
  17. BlargHonk

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    Uranium is actually very plentiful compared to other materials

    Uranium's average concentration in the Earth's crust is (depending on the reference) 2 to 4 parts per million, or about 40 times as abundant as silver. The Earth's crust from the surface to 25 km (15 mi) down is calculated to contain 10^17 kg (2 × 10^17 lb) of uranium while the oceans may contain 10^13 kg (2 × 10^13 lb). The concentration of uranium in soil ranges from 0.7 to 11 parts per million (up to 15 parts per million in farmland soil due to use of phosphate fertilizers), and its concentration in sea water is 3 parts per billion.

    The main use of uranium in the civilian sector is to fuel commercial nuclear power plants; by the time it is completely fissioned, one kilogram of uranium-235 can theoretically produce about 20 trillion joules of energy (2 × 1013 joules); as much energy as 1500 tonnes of coal. Commercial nuclear power plants use fuel that is typically enriched to around 3% uranium-235. The CANDU reactor is the only commercial reactor capable of using unenriched uranium fuel. Fuel used for United States Navy reactors is typically highly enriched in uranium-235 (the exact values are classified). In a breeder reactor, uranium-238 can also be converted into plutonium through the following reaction: 238U (n, gamma) → 239U -(beta) → 239Np -(beta) → 239Pu.

    And for Plutonium:

    The isotope plutonium-238 (Pu-238) has a half-life of 87.5 years. It emits a large amount of thermal energy with low levels of both gamma rays/particles and spontaneous neutron rays/particles. Being an alpha emitter, it combines high energy radiation with low penetration and thereby requires minimal shielding. A sheet of paper can be used to shield against the alpha particles emitted by Pu-238 while one kilogram of the isotope can generate 22 million kilowatt-hours of heat energy.

    These characteristics make it well-suited for electrical power generation for devices which must function without direct maintenance for timescales approximating a human lifetime. It is therefore used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators and radioisotope heater units such as those in the Cassini, Voyager and New Horizons space probes. Earlier versions of the same technology powered the ALSEP and EASEP systems including seismic experiments on the Apollo 14 Moon mission.
     
  18. PurplePoot

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    You didn't check those isotopes particularly well, did you?

    And yes, I am a strong advocate of nuclear power.
     
  19. ~Void~

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    Nuclear power is the way to go, the reactor employees need to stop slacking, though :p
     
  20. BlargHonk

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    wut?