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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 8:00 am 
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Let's face it. Cooling towers are ugly. And, due to the effective anti-nuclear campaigns, they have become the symbol of bad bad nuclear powerplants (even though really bad coal plants use similar cooling towers and cooling towers have no radiation risks at all). Surprisingly it is a major argument against power plants.

It's time to do something about that.

Here's a website with some artwork on cooling towers:

http://www.atomic-energy.ru/photo/28962

Ok, some of these are a bit much (the one with the smileys is rubbing it in a bit too hard).

But some are really excellent pieces of art, like the number 2 with the blue artwork and blue nighttime lighting.

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Another great example, this one being a hybrid modern-green cooling tower to please the greens and the urbanites.

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We could use something like those designs in the LFTR.


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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 8:59 am 
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Its rather annoying that this association is true even in Britain, despite the fact that there have been only two operational nuclear facilities that used such cooling towers, both closed 40 years ago or more. (To the point that someone thought a power station was nuclear just because it had a parabolic cooling tower.... it was in fact a massive multi gigawatt coal fired complex)

In my opinion the direct seawater cooling from coastal sites is the superior option for just this reason.


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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 9:17 am 
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Agree onthe steam side.

But there is a strong argument for separating the steam side cooling
from the nuclear island cooling. In most cases, the best option
for the nuclear island side will be a cooling tower, albeit a much smaller one.

Think Fukushima with a couple of little towers on the hill behind the plant.


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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 10:18 am 
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Forced draft towers are often used for circulating water cooling carrying decay heat. Those towers are very small because they use fan power.

This is also an option for the main condenser cooling, but it is really inefficient. Especially for a lower temperature design like LWRs. Fan power becomes very large for the main steam cooling system. The fan is also a liability. Something that can break down. Makes a lot of noise too.

Natural draft cooling towers are the best solution for non-seawater sites. It's important to consider that there are a great many regions, and even entire countries, which don't have very large lakes or seas.

In some cases a natural draft dry cooling tower (like a Heller system) is the best option. These are bigger than wet cooling towers, making their visual appearance even more important.


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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 11:47 am 
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http://discovermagazine.com/2013/septem ... n5nJHBwo8k Cooling tower harnessed to generate electricity. OK you electrical engineers, is this plausible?


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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 1:24 pm 
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So a 10000 meter tall tornado is supposed to make nuclear plants look less dangerous? Hum.


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PostPosted: Nov 10, 2013 1:03 am 
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i say paint them blue with a few birds drawn on them


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PostPosted: Nov 13, 2013 6:49 pm 
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Here's an idea. Put an arrow pointing up at the top, and underneath it write the words, "non-radioactive steam" or something like that. If possible, try to make it difficult to photograph with the "non" blocked out.


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PostPosted: Nov 14, 2013 4:19 am 
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FREE
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ENERGY


OR

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STEAM

OR

picture of a dinosaur

or ANGRY ELEPHANT

OR A PORTRAIT OF EINSTEIN

OR KITTENS!


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PostPosted: Nov 14, 2013 12:34 pm 
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Vogtle in Georgia, the home of the Coca Cola Company, should go all Andy Warhol and sell the rights to the CoCoCo to paint them like coke cans.

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PostPosted: Nov 14, 2013 12:36 pm 
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Where is the Campbell's Soup Company located? How bout a nice steaming hot bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup?

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PostPosted: Nov 14, 2013 5:13 pm 
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ADVERTISEMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND PLEASE NO RED BLOOD TOMATO SOUP >>>>>>>>> NOBODY WANTS A STEAMING KETTLE OF BLOOD. GET REAL


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PostPosted: Nov 15, 2013 8:51 am 
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KitemanSA wrote:
Where is the Campbell's Soup Company located? How bout a nice steaming hot bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup?
Make it clam chowder and I'd be there :)


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PostPosted: Nov 16, 2013 1:24 am 
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How about some Chick Soup for the soul?

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PostPosted: Nov 16, 2013 8:41 am 
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How about this?

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Just kidding.


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