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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:26 AM
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An Interesting, Perfect Reason To Design a New Type of Nuclear Reactor.
This morning I was catching up on reading, and decided to review some reactor physics and technology in which I am only peripherally interested. I came across a paper called "Thermal-hydraulic and neutron-physical characteristics of a new SCWR
fuel assembly" by Drs. Liu and Cheng out of School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (Annals of Nuclear Energy 36 (2009) 2836)


The supercritical pressure water cooled reactors (SCWR) offer high thermal efficiencies and considerable plant simplification. From the technical point of view, nuclear power plants with SCWR are a combination of the light water reactor technology with supercritical fossil power plants technology. Therefore, SCWR is considered as a logical extension of the existing water cooled reactors. In addition, the SCWR R&D activities provide a great chance and opportunity for training young scientists and students in nuclear engineering.


That last sentence is the real key for doing anything in my view. To make an eternal gift to the future.

We need more of that, not only in China, but in the United States and in the world.

Since this paper refers to nuclear energy, it behooves me to note that those who despise nuclear energy are precisely the people who know the least about nuclear science.

The scientists being trained in Shanghai are a gift of defeated ignorance.

Ignorance kills.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:28 AM
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1. We do not need nuclear power
we can provide for all of our electricity needs with a new national grid and large scale geothermal, solar, tidal, and wind power generation projects.
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:32 AM
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2. You have the perfect screen name for a remark like that.
You have no idea what you are talking about.

Nuclear energy is way cleaner, way safer, way more reliable and far more sustainable than all the rote pop stuff you mention.
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:47 AM
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4. LOL!!!11
:rofl:
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:49 AM
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5. Argument by insult
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:05 AM
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6. Obama must be an idiot surrounded by idiots too.
"To accelerate the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and biofuels over the next three years. Well begin to build a new electricity grid that lay down more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines to convey this new energy from coast to coast. Well save taxpayers $2 billion a year by making 75% of federal buildings more energy efficient, and save the average working family $350 on their energy bills by weatherizing 2.5 million homes."

Your president, this morning.
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:34 AM
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3. An argument Obama would understand.
He seems to get the importance of science and engineering, for a healthy future and competitive economy.

Like a breath of fresh air, that man is!
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