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Este es el aspecto que tiene la vasija de contención de un reactor nuclear. Tiene paredes de 15 centímetros de acero y si se funde puede derramar alrededor de 150 toneladas de combustible nuclear a 2000ºC, que se filtran a través del edificio y el suelo hasta llegar a los acuíferos y matarlo todo. Chernobyl no disponía de vasija, sólo de la cámara de hormigón armado que contenía la maquinaria y que voló por los aires al explotar el reactor.
Los reactores de Fukushima 1 y 3 se están fundiendo, pero hace 30 años ocurrió lo mismo en Estados Unidos y la vasija aguantó. Si vuelve a ser el caso, sólo habrá que hacerse cargo de una bola muy pesada (pero manejable) cargada de veneno ardiente. Si no…
Transporte e instalación de un reactor nuclear en su vasija, en la planta nuclear de Olkiluoto (Finlandia).

Este es el aspecto que tiene la vasija de contención de un reactor nuclear. Tiene paredes de 15 centímetros de acero y si se funde puede derramar alrededor de 150 toneladas de combustible nuclear a 2000ºC, que se filtran a través del edificio y el suelo hasta llegar a los acuíferos y matarlo todo. Chernobyl no disponía de vasija, sólo de la cámara de hormigón armado que contenía la maquinaria y que voló por los aires al explotar el reactor.

Los reactores de Fukushima 1 y 3 se están fundiendo, pero hace 30 años ocurrió lo mismo en Estados Unidos y la vasija aguantó. Si vuelve a ser el caso, sólo habrá que hacerse cargo de una bola muy pesada (pero manejable) cargada de veneno ardiente. Si no…

Transporte e instalación de un reactor nuclear en su vasija, en la planta nuclear de Olkiluoto (Finlandia).

Esto es para llorar lágrimas de plutonio de lo bonito que es.
iloverivolta:

The Bomb Chroniclers es un artículo fascinante del New York Times sobre los fotógrafos que en las décadas de los 40 y 50 se especializaron en capturar explosiones nucleares para el Departamento de Defensa. Disponían de un cuartel general secreto en Hollywood y mejoraron la tecnología cinematográfica de la época para conseguir sus propósitos.
La galería que acompaña al artículo, de la que he sacado esta foto, es espectacular.

Esto es para llorar lágrimas de plutonio de lo bonito que es.

iloverivolta:

The Bomb Chroniclers es un artículo fascinante del New York Times sobre los fotógrafos que en las décadas de los 40 y 50 se especializaron en capturar explosiones nucleares para el Departamento de Defensa. Disponían de un cuartel general secreto en Hollywood y mejoraron la tecnología cinematográfica de la época para conseguir sus propósitos.

La galería que acompaña al artículo, de la que he sacado esta foto, es espectacular.


"LGM-118A Peacekeeper missile system being tested at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
This is a long exposure photo showing the paths of the multiple re-entry vehicles deployed by the missile. One Peacekeeper can hold up to 10 nuclear warheads, each independently targeted. Were the warheads armed with a nuclear payload, each would carry with it the explosive power of twenty-five Hiroshima-sized weapons.”

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"LGM-118A Peacekeeper missile system being tested at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

This is a long exposure photo showing the paths of the multiple re-entry vehicles deployed by the missile. One Peacekeeper can hold up to 10 nuclear warheads, each independently targeted. Were the warheads armed with a nuclear payload, each would carry with it the explosive power of twenty-five Hiroshima-sized weapons.”

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"Project Orion was the first engineering design study of a spacecraft powered by nuclear pulse propulsion, an idea proposed first by Stanisław Ulam during 1947. The project, initiated in 1958, envisioned the explosion of atomic bombs behind the craft.
Each 0.15 kt of TNT blast would add 30 mph (50 km/h, 13 m/s) to the craft’s velocity. To reach low Earth orbit (300 mi), this sequence would have to be repeated about 800 times, like an atomic pogo stick. A preliminary design for the explosives was produced. The whole thing was built into a can with a diameter no larger than 6 inches (15 cm) and weighed just over 300 lb (140 kg) so it could be handled by machinery scaled-up from a soft-drink vending machine (indeed, Coca-Cola was consulted on the design!).
Orion would have offered performance greater than the most advanced conventional or nuclear rocket engines now being studied. Cheap interplanetary travel was the goal of the Orion Project. Its supporters felt that it had potential for space travel, but it lost political approval over concerns with fallout from its propulsion. The Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 is generally acknowledged to have ended the project.”

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"Project Orion was the first engineering design study of a spacecraft powered by nuclear pulse propulsion, an idea proposed first by Stanisław Ulam during 1947. The project, initiated in 1958, envisioned the explosion of atomic bombs behind the craft.

Each 0.15 kt of TNT blast would add 30 mph (50 km/h, 13 m/s) to the craft’s velocity. To reach low Earth orbit (300 mi), this sequence would have to be repeated about 800 times, like an atomic pogo stick. A preliminary design for the explosives was produced. The whole thing was built into a can with a diameter no larger than 6 inches (15 cm) and weighed just over 300 lb (140 kg) so it could be handled by machinery scaled-up from a soft-drink vending machine (indeed, Coca-Cola was consulted on the design!).

Orion would have offered performance greater than the most advanced conventional or nuclear rocket engines now being studied. Cheap interplanetary travel was the goal of the Orion Project. Its supporters felt that it had potential for space travel, but it lost political approval over concerns with fallout from its propulsion. The Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 is generally acknowledged to have ended the project.”

Text bits from Wikipedia.