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Are fast-breeder reactors the answer to our nuclear waste

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Are fast-breeder reactors the answer to our nuclear waste Reply with quote

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The Guardian - 30/07/12

Are fast-breeder reactors the answer to our nuclear waste nightmare?

The battle is intensifying on a decision over a major fast-breeder reactor to deal with the plutonium waste at Sellafield.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are fast-breeder reactors the answer to our nuclear waste nightmare?

No.

Next question, please.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fred Pearce wrote:
Those who continue to oppose nuclear power have to explain how they would deal with those dangerous stockpile

No, it's those who have promoted nuclear power over the 50 years who have to explain how they are going to clear up the mess they created. First step would be to stop creating any more.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Are fast-breeder reactors the answer to our nuclear wast Reply with quote

Aurora wrote:
Are fast-breeder reactors the answer to our nuclear waste nightmare?

I'm sorry, what was the original question/problem that necessitated this tangential analysis? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought we built a few fast breeder reactors and couldn't get them to work. There aren't any going now as far as I know. Might that suggest something?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
I thought we built a few fast breeder reactors and couldn't get them to work.

Fast reactors have a much higher energy density because they don't have a water/graphite moderator taking up a lot of room between the fuel rods. That makes cooling a major problem with fast reactors, and makes them liable melt down far faster.

The greater problem is the fast neutron flux which degrades steel and other materials in the core (fusion has exactly the same problem, exacerbated by the accumulation of neutron activation products which poison the plasma). Neutron degradation enhances ageing of the materials and that requires highly expensive refits (and generates a lot more intermediate waste from the activations product which contaminate fast reactor core components).
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