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Nataly, WInder, GA

AddedTuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Making a nuclear fusor
Hello! My name is Nataly and I am in the 7th grade. I am really interested in being a Nuclear Engineer when I grow up. I would like your advice on a situation. I am trying to make a nuclear fuser for my science fair this year and was wondering if you had any advice to give me. Have a good day, Nataly
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  • Patricia Eng , U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    Answered Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Hello Nataly,

    I am afraid that I do not have experience in making a nuclear fuser.  I studied nuclear fusion in college, but at that time, it was only a theory.  I Googled it and found a few sites that talk about building a demonstrator:

    http://makezine.com/projects/make-36-boards/nuclear-fusor/ 

    http://www.electricalfun.com/WorkbenchFun/Fusor_William_Jack.aspx

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-A-Fusion-Reactor/

    It looks possible, but difficult, possibly expensive and with a host of safety issues.  I think you would need some help from adults to do it.   I note that if it were easy, we would already have power plants that use it for energy.  If you have your heart set on doing a project on fusion, you may want to do more on describing the process and highlighting the facilities around the world that are trying to create a sustainable fusion reaction. 

    There are a few other resources you might consider to see if there is another nuclear science based project that may be less difficult to build…….take a look at:  http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/for-families/for-teachers/teacher-resources/

    Sorry I couldn’t give you more on building a nuclear fuser.  Good luck with your project!

    Patricia Eng