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The utility has been pouring 7 tons of water from outside the No.3 reactor every hour.
But this process has been producing a massive amount of high-level radioactive water.
TEPCO said on Monday that injecting cooling water through pipes situated above the fuel would be a more efficient operation.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
reply to post by Purplechive
I think the increase in temperature is because there's less water going on the reactor.
Reactor 3 :
August 18 flow rate : 9 ton/hre ... temperature : 103.9C
August 24 flow rate : 7 ton/hre ... temperature : 108.2C
Reactor 2 :
August 18 flow rate : 3.9 ton/hre ... temperature : 114.1C
August 24 flow rate : 3.8 ton/hre ... temperature : 114.5C
Reactor 1 :
August 18 flow rate : 3.8 ton/hre ... temperature : 92.6C
August 24 flow rate : 3.8 ton/hre ... temperature : 87.5C
Seems to me reactor 1 is cooling down. The others... not so much.
And I maybe it was explained earlier... but why in the hell are they putting almost 3 times the amount on water on reactor 3 and it's not cooling down? Because of MOX? Because it went into meltdown? What?edit on 24-8-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by zworld
Quick one. this is weird. they are now saying that the main release (that 40% thing) was really from the R4 and R2 explosions, not just associated with R2. OK, but the R4 explosions didn't include a SFP or reactor core, and the R2 explosion was underground. And this is thougght to have produced 40% of all radionuclides released in the first 3 weeks. If that doesn't scream UC I don't knwo what does.
The radiation leak was found from piping in "Sally," a newly installed water decontamination system made by Toshiba. On the morning of Aug. 22, a high level of about three sieverts per hour was found while 23 workers were taking turns to replace a part of the system designed to absorb radioactive cesium.
Originally posted by Wertwog
So, his theory is the 1km deep "methane clutter" exploded upwards through the neutron-created tubes/fissures in the sandstone. What set this off? If it was just the tubes/fissues this could have happened at any point a fissure reached the methane 'relic hydrate' allowing it to vent upwards and possibly ignite. His theory doesn't adequately explain the trigger, in my view.