Monday, April 18, 2011

US nuclear plants are significantly uprated


Well, this is fascinating.  The uprated US plants ran into some of the same dynamic problems as Bruce and Darlington.  Bascially, if you increase water flow you may hit non-linearities and feedback loops.  Nothing ever as bad as the Darlington Water Laser, but bad enough.  Still, these things can be fixed.

I can't really comment here, but it is always possible to reduce a crude safety factor, if you do more analysis and measurement.  Hopefully, this is what they are doing (Ha!).

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