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Is reactor number 3 really in critical at Fukushima?

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Yes, reactor number 3 is really in critical at Fukushima.

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Not really. Control rods are used to start up and shut down a nuclear reactor.


What if a nuclear reactor exploded?

If a nuclear reactor explodes, there can be radiation leakage in the atmosphere which could be dangerous for people. The Fall-out would not only damage the country that it is in but the whole world. The worst part is not the explosion but the Fall-out that comes after. This is really bad because The Radiative Fall-out never Goes away


Are nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants the same?

Not really. It depends on what you are trying to do. A nuclear power plant is a power plant that uses a nuclear reactor as its source of energy. A nuclear reactor, on the other hand, is a more generalized term for a device that uses nuclear energy (specifically the release of binding energy from the Strong Atomic Force) to do something. In the general case, we use the reactor to generate energy for the power plant to use in generating electricity. Sometimes, we use the reactor for other, research type things, such as generating a neutron flux to study the physics of nuclide activation.


How many wind turbines does it take to equal a nuclear reactor?

Nuclear reactors and wind turbines both vary in size and the amount of power they can generate, so an exact answer is really not possible. But, a nuclear reactor can typically generate in the neighborhood of 1100 Megawatts of power, and as of 2011, a typical wind turbine installed on a large wind farm can generate in the neighborhood of 2 Megawatts of power. So dividing 1100 by 2, you get 550. But this isn't the answer you want because wind turbines don't generate at their full capacity most of the time (while nuclear reactors do.) It would take 550 wind turbines to equal one nuclear reactor if they both operated at their maximum capacity all the time, which is not the case. To correct for this, you need adjust by what's called the capacity factor. For nuclear reactors this is around 90%. That means over the long run, they generate electricity at 90% of their maximum. The capacity factor for large wind turbines is much lower, 30-35%. So 90%/30% is 3, and we need to multiply the 550 number by 3 to get the real equivalent. 550 X 3 = 1650. So a reasonable number to quote for the number of turbines that equal one nuclear reactor is 1650.


What changes have been made since the accident in Chernobyl?

Since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, efforts have been made to contain the radiation, including the construction of the New Safe Confinement structure over the damaged reactor. The area surrounding Chernobyl has been turned into a restricted zone, with limited human access to minimize exposure. The accident also led to improvements in nuclear reactor safety regulations and emergency response procedures worldwide.

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Why is a conventional nuclear reactor not able to explode as a bomb?

Conventional nuclear power plants use critical mass in a way that is similar to how a fission bomb uses it, in a chain reaction. There are some very important differences, however. In a nuclear power plant, the reaction is controlled by a set of systems that moderate the amount and speed of neutrons, the temperature of the fuel, and so on. These prevent the reactor from getting too hot and melting down. This is not easy, but also not terribly hard. In the bomb, there is no provision for ongoing control of the chain reaction. Instead, there is a design that causes the critical mass to undergo the chain reaction while staying at critical mass for the process. This is really hard to do because as soon as the whole heats up a bit, it wants to fly apart, destroying the integrity of the critical mass. The design problems associated with maintaining critical mass were difficult enough that they were secret for a long time. In other words, in order for a critical mass to blow up as a bomb, it really has to be designed to be a bomb. And though a nuclear reactor can melt down and be very destructive in the process, and though the waste storage can be breached and be very destructive as a result, the nuclear explosion of a nuclear reactor is quite likely impossible. Explosions and meltdowns have happened, but the explosions are from steam or chemicals, rather than nuclear critical mass.


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It really depends on the nuclear reactor, but many are built to work specifically with that isotope.


How do you attain stability in nuclear fission process?

You attain stability in nuclear fission by exactly balancing the number of fission events with the number of neutrons that go on to produce fission events. This is done by using a moderator that responds to temperature in such a way as to self regulate the reaction. In a typical light water moderated reactor, the density of the water affects how it moderates the neutrons. As temperature goes up, density goes down, which decreases moderation, which slow the reaction. Density is actually a process of the number of voids in the water, voids where there is no water, i.e. no moderation. Even though pressure increases in this case, the void density decreases, making this a self regulating response. If the turbine, for instance, were to suddenly demand more steam, the reactor coolant would drop in temperature, decreasing the number of voids, and increasing reactivity, which would bring the reactor up in power to match the load change. If, on the other hand, a depressurization event were to occur, ignoring, for now, the control rods, the coolant would flash to steam, and the voids would essentially drastically increase. Moderation would plummet, reactivity would go negative, and the reactor would go sub critical, shutting down the reactor, essentially, in the blink of an eye. Back to the control rods. They provide a gross reactivity control, and are used to startup, shutdown, and trim the reactor for changing conditions. They also respond in abnormal conditions, providing emergency shutdown when needed, but that was not really the question.


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Are control rods of nuclear reactors used to stop a leak?

Not really. Control rods are used to start up and shut down a nuclear reactor.


What if a nuclear reactor exploded?

If a nuclear reactor explodes, there can be radiation leakage in the atmosphere which could be dangerous for people. The Fall-out would not only damage the country that it is in but the whole world. The worst part is not the explosion but the Fall-out that comes after. This is really bad because The Radiative Fall-out never Goes away


Where was chernobyl?

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How does fission reaction happen?

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Are nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants the same?

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