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by bensoon
Jul 23, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LFTR Disadvantages on Wikipedia
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: LFTR Disadvantages on Wikipedia

Hmm, the arguments and language of said editor-with-axe-to-grind are the kind made by people who appear to have no real or substantive knowledge of the subject on which they are critiquing, other than their own opinion and a quick google to find anything to support said opinion :) I'll try to help w...
by bensoon
Sep 15, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: United Kingdom
Topic: UK feasibility study of Molten Salt Reactors
Replies: 24
Views: 7201

Re: UK feasibility study of Molten Salt Reactors

It surprises me too because that "design" is very poorly designed (in fact, impossible). I've put together a little spreadsheet that uses the data in that Co.'s slide show to show that it couldn't possibly work as described due to heat transfer considerations (the fuel salt would have to be above i...
by bensoon
Aug 12, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Political, Industrial, Organizational Developments
Topic: Izaak Walton League resolution
Replies: 2
Views: 2761

Re: Izaak Walton League resolution

Regardless of how, it is a good sign.
by bensoon
May 21, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Poser: What is the cheapest easiest smallest LFTR?
Replies: 25
Views: 5798

Re: A Poser: What is the cheapest easiest smallest LFTR?

There are no drawings for an MSR that are "ready-to-build". None of the MSBR designs, none of the LFTR concepts, and not even the MSRE design could be built today. A design that can be built has yet to be designed. So don't think you're going to head out to the machine shop and get started this wee...
by bensoon
May 12, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Poser: What is the cheapest easiest smallest LFTR?
Replies: 25
Views: 5798

Re: A Poser: What is the cheapest easiest smallest LFTR?

You have to consider the most important factor, getting a hold of the starter fissile charge. That alone is probably the most difficult step since it really doesn't matter if that charge is U-235, Pu-239 or ideally U-233, they are all classified as special material.
by bensoon
May 07, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: Gas-Cooled Reactors
Topic: X-Energy Xe-100 pebble-bed reactor
Replies: 3
Views: 4628

Re: X-Energy Xe-100 pebble-bed reactor

Hmm, I wonder if they have any connection with the Chinese HTR-PM development in Shandong. If not I think that they may be hard pressed to compete since the Chinese are already building a full power system and have racked up operating experience from the HTR-10 research at Tsinghua university. That ...
by bensoon
Jan 27, 2015 2:08 am
Forum: India
Topic: The Indians are not messing about
Replies: 9
Views: 5829

Re: The Indians are not messing about

I do wonder about the impact of the new (at least by appearances) warmer relations between the US and India. Even though there was a fair bit of hullabaloo about Obama's 'first US presidential visit' during India's republic day, at this point it's hard to determine if this is the usual political pos...
by bensoon
Jan 20, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: China
Topic: China started "thorium based molten salt reactor" project
Replies: 164
Views: 79165

Re: China started "thorium based molten salt reactor" projec

How will this affect development ? Mianheng resigned from his position as president at China’s top scientific research institute, the Chinese Academy of Science’s Shanghai branch, “Due to reasons of age,” the academy announced on Jan. 8. However, at 64 years old, Jiang Mianheng, (born in April 1951...
by bensoon
Jan 20, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: China
Topic: Partnership SINAP - ANSTO
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: Partnership SINAP - ANSTO

That was in 2012, alot of things have changed since then. I agree that any work on MSR related research is important, but until the fate of Jiang Mianheng is decided and we know who his replacement is, there really is no point in trying to predict the course of the TMSR project. About two weeks ago...
by bensoon
Jan 18, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Partnership SINAP - ANSTO
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: Partnership SINAP - ANSTO

The Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) is collaborating with the Australian national research organisation ANSTO on the Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (TMSR). ANSTO is focusing on the performance of materials: - molten salt corrosion - radiation damage effects - high temperature materials -...
by bensoon
Jan 15, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: Fluoride Reactor Design
Topic: ThorCon molten salt reactor executive summary published
Replies: 168
Views: 29266

Re: ThorCon molten salt reactor executive summary published

U232 isn't a problem. Its the decay products and they take an enormous amount of time to build up, relative to the residence time in centrifuges. Fluorinating uranium means you get nil of the decay product, you get the hexavalent uranium-232 in stead. So that's a decontamination right there - and, ...
by bensoon
Dec 05, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: France
Topic: Areva's EPR troubles
Replies: 187
Views: 37761

Re: Areva's EPR troubles

@Kirk So... do you want America to be a Christian theocracy? That's what forced prayer in school is. Are you a dominionist? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Theology Is your position that freedom is good, unless you think it's perversion, in which case the government should intrude into our ho...
by bensoon
Dec 03, 2014 2:34 am
Forum: Thorium in the News
Topic: Interview with founders of Transatomic Power
Replies: 13
Views: 7525

Re: Interview with founders of Transatomic Power

Perhaps the next change is likely to be moderator. Water/heavy water could be the moderator-coolant if carried in tubes. Well that would be a pretty major about face on their design philosophy. After all they touted the use of ZrH as one of their 'major innovations'. There was a pretty big omission...
by bensoon
Nov 09, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Safety, Security, Proliferation
Topic: There's a hole in my LFTR
Replies: 6
Views: 5334

Re: There's a hole in my LFTR

Say we have a 2 fluid breeder thorium MSR simmering away in a tank of hastelloy, and someone puts a hole in it - like drills through the wall into the thorium fluoride blanket. I presume the molten salt will dribble out, cool and solidify, and that rays will escape out of the hole. This is called '...
by bensoon
Nov 05, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LFTR and desalination
Replies: 145
Views: 18803

Re: LFTR and Water?

I just wanted to check my understanding of co-generation. Large MSF facilities are already paired with existing power generation facilities for water desalination. Am I correct in understanding that what makes it more advantageous to use the waste heat from a nuclear system like the LFTR lies in th...