Iron Man’s Arc Reactor and The Engineering Needed

Given it’s almost the weekend and most of you will be planning on doing something fun, in a few hours, here’s something fun for a change.

I start with a confession that I love Iron Man, to a great extent. He’s an engineer, to begin with. Everything else about him is truly aspirational (except the Audis)!

Back in the first film, he designs and builds the first Iron Man suit and escapes from captivity. The energy device powering this, and the future suits is called an Arc Reactor.

Interesting Engineering have published an article here about the science behind the arc reactor and what it would take to make it a reality.

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