posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 10:38 PM
reply to post by Daughter2
Because the radiation levels experienced in the process would kill the workers trying to "package it up" before they could do it.. Not to mention the
rods are at least hundreds of degrees F, potentially several thousands of degrees F, so HOW do you package and transport them? How do you prevent
critical mass during transport?
There are really a ton of reasons that cooling in place is the only realistic option. It isn't a good option, you are right. They have very few
options to choose from though.
My question that follows a similar thought to yours is -
Why have they not brought more sophisticated cooling TO the rods?
One of the problems was that they couldn't size up the issues properly to begin with. They couldn't make advanced plans because they lacked access to
the needed information.
Japan builds amazing robotics that can dance and look human and other fun things, but they never developed any radiation hardened robotics to service
their nuclear plants... This turned out to be a critical mistake that wasn't dealt with until the US brought in it's specialized robots to assist the
Even the US robots aren't going to fill the bill entirely however, because they are designed to to operate in specific plants or even specific tunnels
at specific plants!
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