I can answer questions about general construction and safety of plants, specific questions about operations, training, reactor theory, and thermodynamics. Will also consider other aspects as requested.
Over 33 years in the nuclear power field, licensed senior reactor operator, and instructor.
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I found an article in National Geographic that states large transformers could be destroyed by solar flares, but I need to look into the possibility of the further. The article states that a large solar
The small leaks would be detected quickly and repaired quickly. Uncovering a used fuel bundle isn't an option, the radiation levels would be lethal. However, if leaks persisted over 40 years the tritium
Very. The containment domes are designed to withstand the impact of airplanes, tornado-generated missiles (flying telephones and cows) and other high-energy impacts. Spent fuel casks are even tougher
These would be as dangerous as any industrial accident. Transformers can explode on light poles or anywhere else. About the only thing not related to the reactor or reactor coolant system that would cause
Maintenance is ongoing to ensure that the plants remain safe. Major maintenance happens every 18 to 24 months when the core is refueled. The cost is impossible for me to guess, it depends on so many
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