Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Bloomberg)   TEPCO remove fuel rods that have been planted firmly in reactor's ass   (bloomberg.com) divider line 5
    More: Interesting, Fukushima, nuclear fuels, nuclear chain reaction, Tokyo Electric Power Co., structural failure  
•       •       •

3534 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Nov 2013 at 8:58 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

2013-11-18 12:42:18 PM  
2 votes:

MadCat221: PsychoPhil: JonnyG: This is one of the most dangerous things that has ever faced humanity. If this fails, there will be huge global consequences. And it has a high chance of failing. :(

As long as the water's sufficiently borated, they could do pretty much whatever they want with the fuel in the pool, nothing will happen.

You need a pretty particular geometry to get a good reaction going.  Spent pools don't have it.

Realize also, that, with EVERY fuel assembly removed from the pool, the 'danger' (there really isn't any) of a criticality, goes down.

They're removing the unused fuel because it's somewhat easier to handle than the spent stuff (not self-heating or very radioactive)

This is actually pretty simple Vs Three Mile island, where they had to jackhammer out the melted fuel.

/Fun part is gonna be defueling units 1 through 3
//Removing that fuel is the easy part, it's filling the drywells to the top without leaking that's gonna be hard...

How DARE you know what you're talking about when there's ill-informed knee-jerk nuclearphobia going about!


I don't know if it's ill-informed knee-jerk nuclearphobia as much as it is a matter of trust. A lot of people are tired of the lies told in the past, and not just the lies by any nuclear industry. "Use this/eat this/buy this/take this. It's safe (Honest!)"
2013-11-18 04:23:12 PM  
1 votes:
Good luck, we're counting on you.
2013-11-18 10:22:18 AM  
1 votes:
I love how TFA talks about the spent fuel rods as potentially creating the same kind of nuclear reaction that the active reactors nearly caused. What a load of BS; the spent fuel rods have to stay cooled because they can heat up, but they aren't going to create a self-sustaining nuclear fission reaction. If they are left uncooled long enough (especially the ones just removed from a reactor), they can heat to the point where they catch fire, and no one wants a fire throwing nuclear material like plutonium and strontium up into the air, but a fission reaction? Go away Bloomberg and let someone else do the reporting.
2013-11-18 10:08:42 AM  
1 votes:

MrSteve007: What I find even more interesting is that they finally measured (and published) the radiation levels near the leak at the bottom of one of the reactors: 1 to 1.8 severts an hour. Any farkers care to convert that to bananas?


Not going to try the conversion, but applying PILES (Pungent's Iron Law of Executive Self-Preservation), I can tell you whether or not it's safe.

Did any high-ranking TEPCO executives make this announcement at the actual site?

No?

Then it's still dangerous.
2013-11-18 09:30:41 AM  
1 votes:

JonnyG: This is one of the most dangerous things that has ever faced humanity. If this fails, there will be huge global consequences. And it has a high chance of failing. :(


As long as the water's sufficiently borated, they could do pretty much whatever they want with the fuel in the pool, nothing will happen.

You need a pretty particular geometry to get a good reaction going.  Spent pools don't have it.

Realize also, that, with EVERY fuel assembly removed from the pool, the 'danger' (there really isn't any) of a criticality, goes down.

They're removing the unused fuel because it's somewhat easier to handle than the spent stuff (not self-heating or very radioactive)

This is actually pretty simple Vs Three Mile island, where they had to jackhammer out the melted fuel.

/Fun part is gonna be defueling units 1 through 3
//Removing that fuel is the easy part, it's filling the drywells to the top without leaking that's gonna be hard...
 
Displayed 5 of 5 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report