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Message Subject *** Fukushima *** and other nuclear-----updates and links
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Just thinking out loud....

Ft Calhoun's reactor is a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR). It requires the super-heated coolant (light water) to be pressurized at crazy-high pressures to remain liquid as it flows through the coolant channels within the core of the reactor.

If power is lost to the plant (station blackout), pressure in the closed-coolant system will fall... and the super-heated coolant will immediately boil. and turn to steam. We all know what happens when steam rapidly forms in a sealed environment.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1379944

"Supposedly" the reactor was shut down for refueling, so the chance of a steam explosion is basically non-existant...if we have been told the truth--that is.
That doesnt really mean much in this situation or any other one like it that may eventually occur.
That fuel MUST be kept cool by water flow or its over...
Once the power is gone...well you get the drift
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