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Originally posted by 00nunya00
reply to post by elouina
No clue. I'm totally uneducated about its physical properties, I just know it can be very poisonous to infants and babies, so I used cloth diapers for about a year. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. Either way, though, if it ends up in the sea, it's bad, because it's supposed to be keeping it out of the sea, LOL. If it gets in, it's just going to cause damage one way or another. Poison the food chain from the bottom up, or head start into the middle of the chain......just accelerates our exposure, I guess. 30+ years starts to make it not matter much. It's not like they're going to be able to get it all with this polymer, so this will just add an interestingly macabre side-plot to the whole thing.
Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel (Updated 21 March 2009)
Mixed oxide (MOX) fuel provides about 2% of the new nuclear fuel used today.
MOX fuel was first used in a thermal reactor in 1963, but did not come into commercial use until the 1980s. So far about 2000 tonnes of MOX fuel has been fabricated and loaded into power reactors. In 2006 about 180 tonnes of MOX fuel was loaded into over 30 reactors (mostly PWR) in Europe.
Today MOX is widely used in Europe and in Japan. Currently about 40 reactors in Europe (Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and France) are licensed to use MOX, and over 30 are doing so. In Japan about ten reactors are licensed to use it and several do so. These reactors generally use MOX fuel as about one third of their core, but some will accept up to 50% MOX assemblies. France aims to have all its 900 MWe series of reactors running with at least one third MOX. Japan also plans to use MOX in one third of its reactors in the near future and expects to start up a 1383 MWe (gross) reactor with a complete fuel loading of MOX at the Ohma plant in late 2014.2 Other advanced light water reactors such as the EPR or AP1000 will be able to accept complete fuel loadings of MOX if required.
Originally posted by monica86
reply to post by jadedANDcynical
I don't think it can be the base of the reactor where the torus is
The base is huge, look at the second video in my post, it shows it was put in place
videos construction of daiichi post by monica86
Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
Originally posted by VinceH
Originally posted by zorgon
More closeups of damage
zorgon: do we know which reactor this pic if from? I'm wondering if it is #3.
Does anyone else think that the large green object in this picture might be the reactor top (obviously not where it belongs)
Originally posted by Silverlok
reply to post by TheRedneck
Compare those two pictures and tell me the one in the damaged building does not look like the top of the reactor vessel under construction. Not only that but it is offset from the center of the building. Every diagram I've seen shows the reactor in the center of the building.
IF that is indeed a portion of the reactor vessel, then it is been dislodged from it's original location and has several of its plates blown off.edit on 31-3-2011 by jadedANDcynical because: Stupid iPhone typos
Originally posted by Unity_99
I'm quite alarmed with this as the possible stakes just got higher. What I read was that mox fuel can be used in both fission and fusion. France had a fusion thing going and they were supplying Japan.
1 rod after fission creates 2 rod then fusion which in turn creates 1 rod so becomes a closed cycle chain reaction. And contaminates everything. If this were true they would be considering some dire things to stop this or mom would be dead, mom being earth.
This level of "cluelessness" is understandable given the steady diet of distraction the average person is being fed. Add to that an aversion to anything negative or "bubble bursting", then spice that up with some "no immediate impact to human health" topping and you've got a nice lie-latte to have with your Gaga.
Originally posted by qmantoo
This is the page with all the webcam images on it - updated hourly. Obviously this is not much use if there is nothing going on there. Still... it shows interesting stuff going on.
Page of webcam photos (look at the black one from 19:00 2nd Apr 2011)
In the 2nd April 2011 at 19:00 one we can see a white heat spot.
In every nuclear reactor there is both fission of isotopes such as uranium-235, and the formation of new, heavier isotopes due to neutron capture, primarily by U-238. Most of the fuel mass in a reactor is U-238. This can become plutonium-239 and by successive neutron capture Pu-240, Pu-241 and Pu-242 as well as other transuranic isotopes (see page on Plutonium). Pu-239 and Pu-241 are fissile, like U-235. (Very small quantities of Pu-236 and Pu-238 are formed similarly from U-235.)
Normally, with the fuel being changed every three years or so, about half of the Pu-239 is 'burned' in the reactor, providing about one third of the total energy. It behaves like U-235 and its fission releases a similar amount of energy. The higher the burn-up, the less fissile plutonium remains in the used fuel. Typically about one percent of the used fuel discharged from a reactor is plutonium, and some two thirds of this is fissile (c. 50% Pu-239, 15% Pu-241). Worldwide, some 70 tonnes of plutonium contained in used fuel is removed when refuelling reactors each year.
In July 1945, Wright Langham insisted that the 5-microgram standard be reduced
by a factor of 5 on the basis of animal experiments that showed that plutonium was
distributed in the bone differently, and more dangerously, than radium. Thus, the
maximum permissible body burden for plutonium was set at 1 microgram. That
limit was chosen to protect plutonium workers from the disasters that had befallen
the radium-dial painters
Originally posted by Procharmo
No Problem, totally misunderstood on my part. Peace!
Back on topic. Although other forums should not be treated as credible sources there is a five page thread that has some good arguments for and against the likely hood of the Fukishima MOX powder having an effect on the world.
Engineers put 8 kilograms of the polymeric water absorbent together with 60 kilograms of sawdust and three bags of shredded newspaper into pipes leading to a pit connected to the No. 2 reactor building where a 20-centimeter crack has been found to be leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, the agency said.
Originally posted by Tarnished Templar
If somebody out there is keepin a "master list" of sites like this and wants to share, I'll buy you a virtual beer...