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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2009 7:28 pm 
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I was reading today on the stress corrosion cracking problem at Hinckley Point A in 1969 in the low pressure steam turbine in connection with a system, and was motivated to look into gas cooled reactors.

That's how I ended up in this thread, because of the prominence of gas cooled systems in Britain.

It seems to me that the Magnox design wasn't all that bad for a first pass, and as an added bonus, the fuel more or less required reprocessing. That's a good thing, not a bad thing in my mind.

For other comments in this thread, I don't believe that electricity is superior to chemical fuels in most circumstances although I'm not much interested in the car industry in any case.

As for carbon-14, the isotope C-13 is relatively common, about 1.11%. Although the capture cross section is small in all regions under 1 MeV, it is large enough to produce some C-14. Because of C-14's relatively long half life, 5730 years, means that a significant amount can accumulate over time before equilibrium is reached, at least enough to scare the pants off an illiterate anti-nuke (not hard, I know.)

I don't know why anyone would solicit the opinion of the Union of Concerned "Scientists" for any issue connected with energy. God knows we have way too much input from social "scientists" already.


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