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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 12:49 PM
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5. The difference is built in redundancy.
I strongly suspect that that it would take multiple simultaneous failures of this nature (I'd guess in excess of 25%) to even begin to be an actual concern with regards to the safe management of the reactor core, and even then I'd presume there exist emergency backups to force those control rods home regardless, and in all probability yet another which dumps cadmium salts (neutron adsorbing cadmium being the active component of the control rods) into the reactor's coolant water.

The brake problem on the other hand holds the potential for disaster (even if only localised) every single time it occurs.
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