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Originally posted by TheRedneckthey might say "stop engine now", but give no further information. Dosimeters say something like "dosage exceeded", but they don't say how much it was exceeded.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by Fractured.Facade
I believe, and have believed for a few hundred pages now, that the explosion from #3 ruptured #2, and that the intensity of that explosion was due to the MOX fuel being used.
Lyman authored a study in 2001 in Science & Global Security showing that radioactive leakage from a meltdown with MOX fuel, which in addition to plutonium has higher levels of radioactive isotopes such as americium 241 and curium 242, would be deadlier than a low-enriched uranium meltdown. "Because plutonium is so much more radiotoxic than many of the other radionuclides, even if it's released in relatively small concentrations it can have an impact on the effects," Lyman says. He adds that it is not possible at the moment to identify how much the MOX fuel in Fukushima reactor No. 3 has contributed to the radioactive plumes emanating from the plant.
Originally posted by mrbillshow
Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
reply to post by mrbillshow
The Emperor giving his people a gift?
That has got to be significant, JustMike what would you say this indicates?
My math might be off but it looks like this gift averages out to 13 eggs, 1/3 a chicken and maybe a can of sausage for each of the 93 evacuees?
Be still my heart...
About 30 thermal reactors in Europe (Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and France) are using MOX and a further 20 have been licensed to do so. Most reactors use it as about one third of their core, but some will accept up to 50% MOX assemblies. In France, EDF aims to have all its 900 MWe series of reactors running with at least one-third MOX. Japan aimed to have one third of its reactors using MOX by 2010, and has approved construction of a new reactor with a complete fuel loading of MOX. Of the total nuclear fuel used today, MOX provides 2%
 Licensing and safety issues of using MOX fuel include: As plutonium isotopes absorb more neutrons than uranium fuels, reactor control systems may need modification. MOX fuel tends to run hotter because of lower thermal conductivity, which may be an issue in some reactor designs. Fission gas release in MOX fuel assemblies may limit the maximum burn-up time of MOX fuel.
"The Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station Unit-3 (BWR, rated power 1100 MWe), Tokyo Electric Power Company, had been under the periodical inspection since April 29, 2001. Internal structures in the reactor pressure vessel were inspected. As a result of the inspection, cracks were recognized in the vicinity of the weld portion of the outer surface of the shroud(Note) lower ring. Therefore, it was decided to investigate the concerned crack of the shroud in detail "
Originally posted by curioustype
Just to check, having seen how quickly the West have managed to share surveillance and aviation footage from Libya, has anyone either seen any such aerial imagery from the USA or anyone else with the capabilities do do so for Fukishima?
Also, what became of that Global Hawk surveillance flight back in week one?
Is it possible that plutonium 239 could have already been detected (leaking) at reactor 3, and maybe TEPCO isn't reporting it?
A nuclear reactor is not a shade tree mechanic DIY project!!!!
Now where did I put my ducktape!!!!!
Originally posted by TheLastStand
oh my god! That is such an awesome deal! And I only have to pay with my life later when the radiation sickness sets in rendering me to a slow and painful death with my flesh falling off my bones and my hair and teeth falling out. Yippy! That is some damned good food considering.