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Fukushima: Cooling pools successfully doused

The Nuclear Energy Institute reports: UPDATE AS OF 10:00 A.M. EDT, SUNDAY, MARCH 20: A two-part operation to spray water into the used fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4 ended just before 7 A.M. EDT. Japan’s defense ministry announced … Continue reading

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Finally, mention of robots to Fukushima

Japan Races to Restart Reactors’ Cooling System At the request of the Japanese military, a Massachusetts company, iRobot, said it put four robots on a plane for Japan on Friday. Colin Angle, the chief executive, said it had sent two … Continue reading

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Fukushima and Teleoperated Robots (Video)

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Nuclear Expert: “Get a camera in there!”

Frank von Hippel, a genuine nuclear expert, talks with Rachel Maddow: He mentions that the problems are that ‘too much’ of the roof is intact to get hoses in, and they can’t see where to shoot the water until they … Continue reading

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Radiation hardening for telebots

I was asked whether teleoperated robots could function in a high-radiation environment. I found a link here, which indicates that microelectronics can survive thousands of rads before degradation. That would be many times a lethal dose for humans. The electronics … Continue reading

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Fukushima: constructing containment buildings out of shipping containers

Containments for the damaged reactor buildings can be rapidly constructed out of intermodal shipping containers. Shown here are forty-foot units. Approximately 1500 are used to build the walls. At $5000 per unit, the walls can be constructed for $7,500,000 in … Continue reading

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How to provide pump power at Fukushima

Normally, I wouldn’t think myself qualified to offer insight on how to cool a reactor plant in meltdown, but then I read this in the “New York Times: Christopher D. Wilson, a reactor operator and later a manager at Exelon’s … Continue reading

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