O/T: Nuclear Reactor Problems

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On Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:35:27 -0700, "Lew Hodgett"

He obviously missed his reality pill.
-- A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. -- William S. Burroughs
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Saw this approach in Baltimore 20 years ago. So not new by any stretch.
Marty
On 3/18/2011 8:47 AM, Lee Michaels wrote:

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At Chernobyl, the nuke reacto'rs controls ran on electricity FROM THE GRID. That boggles my mind, that a nuke plant used to generate huge amounts of electricity ran on electricity off the grid. The backup generators took over 1 minute after grid failure to generate power, which was too long. So they were doing an experiment to see if the turbines had enough angular momentum after shutdown to produce enough power to run the controls to bridge the one-minute gap. They botched the experiment, the rest is history.
Hurricane Katrina caused a a surge of water in Lake Pontchetrain that pushed the retaining walls some 30 ft backwards, like pushing a throw rug on a slick floor. Of course they failed.
Mother Nature bats last, every game.
Here's a few good reads:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individual_involvement_in_the_Chernobyl_disaster (Brutal descriptions of the effects of radiation) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_K._Daghlian,_Jr. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Slotin (They did experiments on "critical mass" using a lump of plutonium, a hand-held lid and a screwdriver)
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