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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-04-09 01:16 AM
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92. Most Gen II & all Gen III plants will shut down on their own.
Requires no human interaction.

Actually they are failsafe closed loop.

So for example the control rods are held above the reactor against gravity by electromagnets.

Power failure = control rods lower by gravity

The magnets also require a constant "go" signal from control room or they release.
Terrorist attack blows up control room = no signal and rods lower automatically.

Reactors are designed to SCRAM automatically. If a plague wiped out all humans on the planet all nuclear reactors would shut down on their own predictably and safely (not that it would matter).

The grid imbalance (as coal plants and other "manual power" goes offline the power imbalance would trigger a SCRAM.

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