posted on Jun, 24 2014 @ 12:46 PM
I'd like to add a few tidbits that I have learned about the Chernobyl disaster. Russian is my first language, and I had the opportunity to trawl
www.pripyat.com for any useful information, witness testimonials, and some documentation that I've never seen anywhere else.
1. The disaster is very commonly blamed on people who operated the reactor at the time, but the main factors were the unsafe reactor design and
ambiguous guidelines for its operation.
2. (a) The SCRAM button operates a manual system; it has to be continuously pressed to insert the rods fully. Letting go of the button stops the
2. (b) The data readout from the main computer shows that SCRAM button was pressed twice, within a few seconds of each other.
2. (c) The first activation of the SCRAM button wasn't in response to an emergency, it was pressed when everything seemed fine and within the (then
known) operation limits. The exact reason is unknown, but it was most likely either to counteract the slowly rising reactivity (which the automated
rod system was trying to compensate for, but couldn't cope with), or simply to shut the reactor down as its power output was no longer needed.
3. This brief activation of SCRAM, which inserted the rods partially and inadvertantly created the "end effect" of the rods, is what caused the big
spike in the reactor output, damaging the fuel channels.
3. (a) The second pressing of SCRAM button was in response to this output spike, but it was too late.
Feel free to explore in more detail: accidont.ru...
edit on 24-6-2014 by wildespace because: (no reason given)