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A proposed complete reaction path for the Lugano reactor?

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Bob Greenyer would be the first to admit he is no nuclear scientist, but never the less, he is suggesting the following as a reaction path for the Lugano reactor. As a bit of weekend fun - why not pick holes in it or suggest where he is way off the mark.

Bob G's current thinking on Lugano reactor

A) Partially reduced Fe2O3 or similar H2 splitting catalyst in/on standard nickel helps to create P+ in the lattice. Fe3+ Al3+ helps to capture electrons - see here:


B) 7Li is attached to metal lattice and energetic P+ cause the release of Neutrons from 7Li so that it becomes 6Li (as per Stoyan's structural theory) low energy gamma is released that is thermalised in reactor and possibly stimulates further reactions, therefore no gamma outside reactor. See page 16 of this presentation:


C) Slow/bound Neutrons transmute Nickel

D) Any Neutrons not absorbed by the Nickel are absorbed by the 6Li in the energetic vapour around the reaction (Net result = no Neutrons seen outside reactor)

E) Nickel continues to play a role, facilitating reactions from standard fusion, examples that could apply are (8) 4 MeV & (9) 16.9 MeV here:


Here is an image of the relevant paths:


F) several of the processes above might occur in parrallel.

G) The byproducts are Ni62, any *unburnt* 6Li, Hydrogen and Helium.
Question surrounding Ni64 - could the 6Li strip the Neutrons from the Ni64?


i) standard non-radioactive isotopes as fuel, and no Deuterium in the Hydrogen please!

ii) no radiation during operation or afterwards

iii) large net yield of energy from Nickel transmutations to Ni62

iv) thermalisation of gamma may allow self-sustain mode

v) reaction will continue after Nickel is all Ni62

vi) all positive yield from 6Li + P+ and 6Li + 3He reactions means reactor gets more efficient (in always stimulated state)
as reaction proceeds and this becomes the predominant mode.

vii) possible that when the Nickel has converted all the 7Li to 6Li - the rest of the reaction can proceed with Nickel in molten phase (Fe2O3 melts at 1,566 °C)

viii) when opening the reactor, the Hydrogen and Helium is lost

Proposed reaction path