[LINK] Is it just me, or is this daft?
brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Mar 17 21:08:18 AEDT 2011
On 17/03/2011 8:24 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> Pardon me if this has already been discussed and I missed it.
> There's an important design principle that's all too frequently overlooked.
> The principle seems to have been overlooked in the case of the
> Japanese nuclear power plant, and that seems to have at least
> exacerbated the problem, possibly in two separate ways.
Have a listen/read of "Thorium: a future energy source?" on the ABC's
Counterpoint in March last year.
The proposal is to use Thorium in a Fluid Fuelled Reactor.
These fluid fuels have a tremendous liquid range, so they're going to
stay in that form over thousands of degrees. And they have this
fantastic safety feature. What you do is you have a little open plug at
the bottom of the reactor and you blow some cool gas over the plug and
there's a little frozen plug of salt in there. So what happens is if for
some reason you lost all the power to the plant, if the power went off
and all the operators just walked away, that little blower would shut
down, that bottom plug of salt would thaw and then the salt would drain
passively out of the reactor into a catch system where it would be
passively cooled. So it's walk-away safe. It's really just a fantastic
safety feature you can have with these liquid fuelled reactors that
there's almost no comparison for in the solid fuelled reactors.
email: brd at iimetro.com.au
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