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THE Nuclear Power Thread pt 9 (merged)

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Re: THE Nuclear Power Thread pt 9 (merged)

Unread postby EdwinSm » Fri 08 Mar 2019, 07:25:47

Problems at Hunterston B (UK). About 10% of graphite bricks in the core are found to be damaged. That seems to me to be a very high precentage.

The first pictures have emerged of cracking in the graphite bricks which make up the core of nuclear reactors at Hunterston B Power Station in Ayrshire.

Reactor three has not produced electricity since cracks were found to be forming quicker than expected.

About 370 hairline fractures have been discovered which equates to about one in every 10 bricks in the reactor core.

But they want to crack on with producing more power (until 20% of the bricks are damaged..

EDF plans to ask the regulator for permission to restart with a new operational limit of up to 700 cracks.
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