How do I measure Wattage?

Alright, in my cold fusion set up I need to measure the watts going in and the watts going out.  How can I do that?

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NachoMahma7 years ago
. If you are using DC, just measure the volts and measure the amps then multipy the two. If you are using AC, then ... well, if you have to ask you don't need to be messing with a CFR.
Kalrag (author) 7 years ago
Im trying both. Right now im on cold fusion then later on ill try hot plasma.
lemonie7 years ago

Please clarify: Have you given up on hot-fusion or are you trying both?
One key indicator is neutron flux if you can't detect neutrons you're missing vital data w/ref reactor power & fusion-success.


kelseymh7 years ago

You need to measure much more than electrical power. And even measuring electrical power is far more complex than you comprehend.

If and only if you are using DC, and your entire set up is purely resistive (no capacitors, no inductors, no stray capacitance due to twin-leads), then you can use NachoMahma's method of measuring voltage and current and multiplying.

If you are using AC power, or if you have any capacitance or inductance in your system, then you cannot simply multiply volts and amps. You must measure the two quantities simultaneously, in a time resolved way, and you must measure the phase difference between the two. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, then you'd better do some serious (undergraduate electrical engineering) research.

In addition to measuring electrical power in your experiment, you must measure heat (not just temperature, but heat), and you must have sensitive detectors, preferably with full 4-pi coverage, for gammas and for neutrons.

Kalrag (author) 7 years ago
Thank you so much thats all I need!