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Finding 3B: The committee finds that, under some conditions, a terrorist attack that partially or completely drained a spent fuel pool could lead to a propagating zirconium cladding fire and the release of large quantities of radioactive materials to the environment.
Finding 3C: It appears to be feasible to reduce the likelihood of a zirconium cladding fire following a loss-of-pool-coolant event using readily implemented measures.
Finding 3D: The potential vulnerabilities of spent fuel pools to terrorist attacks are plant-design specific.
Originally posted by TheLastStand
reply to post by Imperium Americana
By comparing iron oxide to zirconium dioxide, I would say you are comparing apples to oranges.
Rust obviously is a degredation whereas I'm willing to bet that zirconium dioxide doesn't powder and flake off the rods like rust powders and flakes off of rebar. Can you please provide reference that this substance is in any way worse than the original zircaloy?
And yes I'll agree copper does it as well.
That article suggests oxide hardening in nickel.
Just because a few things do it doesn't mean that they all do it.edit on 18-3-2011 by TheLastStand because: (no reason given)
15:55 TEPCO reported to NISA Accidents and Failures with regard to Fukushima Dai-ichi Unit 1,2,3&4 (Leakage of the radioactive materials inside of the reactor building to non-controlled area) pursuant to the Paragraph 3, the Article 62 of the Nuclear
Originally posted by predator0187
Originally posted by RickyD
Will the amount they have dumped on the reactors and let wash into the ocean affect it horribly or will it be too dispersed?
There are approximately 187,189,915,062,857,142,857 gallons of water in the Pacific. I think dispersion should take care of most of it but I'm sure it all depends on currents & how the radioactive water is broken up.edit on 18-3-2011 by ethancoop because: formatting issue I can't seem to solve
Originally posted by Unity_99
Small detection, according to them, as much as two days ago. Hmmm.. Well Wed night, I had the metallic then chlorine pool scent in my car.
“As a worker at Tepco and a member of the Fukushima No. 2 reactor team, I was dealing with the crisis at the scene until yesterday (Monday).”
“In the midst of the tsunami alarm (last Friday), at 3am in the night when we couldn't even see where we going, we carried on working to restore the reactors from where we were, right by the sea, with the realization that this could be certain death,” she said.
“The machine that cools the reactor is just by the ocean, and it was wrecked by the tsunami. Everyone worked desperately to try and restore it. Fighting fatigue and empty stomachs, we dragged ourselves back to work.
“There are many who haven”t gotten in touch with their family members, but are facing the present situation and working hard.”
“Please remember that. I want this message to reach even just one more person. Everyone at the power plant is battling on, without running away.