Russellville 03/31/2011@0700 CDT
For those of you who have access to some of my classified reports (not necessarily government type) this should be old news. However now that the subject is being broached in the mass media, I can try to update those who lack the necessary clearence and education to understand or appreciate some of the things I have already said.
The danger of a China Syndrome accident in Japan is all too real. If you are ignorant of what that means, just follow the link and watch the movie. No the core(s) and molten spent fuel in Japan won’t make it all the way to China, at least not through the center of the earth! However, that the mess now floating around in one or more of the reactor buildings explosively makes its way through the concrete floors IS a real possibility. Especially if by some remote chance a critical “mass” accidentally occurs anywhere in the complex.
And it gets worse. Much worse.
Just like adding water to some chemical or metal fires magnifies them so too would adding plain water to the top of such a critical “mess.” Without the addition of nuclear “poisons” such as boron in large quantities, dumping water, even sea water on top of a “critical” reactor or even cooling the water in its vacinity could easily cause a nuclear explosion.
Light water – as in water made with “regular hydrogen” the kind that has no neutrons – light water reactors have a “point of no return” called prompt criticality. Without an education in nuclear physics those words are meaningless but lets just put it this way.
ALL reactors depend on intrinsic nuclear feedback mechanisms to keep them from becoming bombs. Carbon moderated boiling water types like Chernobyl require an active suppression system to prevent nuclear and thermal runaway. Which is why when those systems were bypassed or failed it went boom.
Boiling water reactors an inherently stability mechanism that counter acts some of the faults in the Russian design. As power increases, the water/steam mixture in the core gets hotter, that reduces the density of the water, which means more neutrons leak out of the core. Which is good as long as they stay inside the containment building! Every neutron “lost” cannot create another fission so that means power will decrease or to be more precise – power will not increase as much or as fast as it would without that negative feedback.
However unlike pressurized water reactors (which have NO steam bubbles in the core) anything that collapses the steam voids in the core will tend to increase power. If that causes the pressure to increase you have POSITIVE feedback. And just like an audio amplifier with too much of that kind of feedback – disaster happens unless the fuse blows.
Bottom line – pouring to much cold water in to an operating boiling water reactor can and WILL cause a nuclear explosion. That may seem counter intuitive but remember this is nuclear physics.
Pressurized water reactors are the most inherently stable design, however, they are more expensive to build and the Nuclear Industry and their facist government lap dogs have always tried to sell the “cheap” part while ignoring “safe and enviromentally friendly.” Not that the NRC or whatever they call them in Japan is any worse then other gubamint organizations but they certainly aren’t much better. Its all about money. Always has been. Always will be.
But I digress, again as usual!
Chemical processes such as fire, rockets and explosives are fast compared to human actions. Good teachers always ask questions. And this aint no fairy tail so if you’ve made it this far we need to do a “sleep” check before the bell rings. Or better yet why not try an “exercise?”
How long does it take for the powder in an M16 cartridge to chemically react?
Since you may not have one of those handy try a 22. No please – Be Safe and visit your local gun range. Seek professional assistance! Point the weapon at an appropriate target and try to guess how long it takes for the bullet to leave the muzzle. Be sure to account for the mechanical times, as in hammer falls, firing pin hits, ignitor does its schtick and then the powder begins to burn.
The fact is it takes time.
Maybe only a small fraction of a second but it takes time. Light travels about eleven inches in a nano second. Sound travels about 700 miles per hour or about a foot in a millisecond. And if any of those numbers are wrong I expect your hand up in the air going – NO its 24.873 centimeters or 982 kilometers in a fort night when the moon is full and the relative humidity is between 40 and 55%
Now you do remember how many nanos there are in a milli, right? Come on that is 2nd grade. We – parents in the US – wish!
Sorry folks, if this stuff were simple the government and Nuclear-un-Regulated-Corporate (NuRC) facists wouldn’t be able to pull the wool over your eyes so easy.
To make a long story short. Prompt fission occurs on the time scale of 10 to the minus 14th seconds. Nano is minus 9. So light can only travel 11/10000 of an inch in that time. Again the exact numbers are not the point here.
Heat as in the transfer of energy via molecular vibrations – is much much slower by several orders of magnitude.
Neutrons from fission also travel at speeds close to C (ie the speed of light – about 670 MILLION miles per hour.) So the next 5 “neutron” induced fissions could happen and then 25 and then 125 and then 5 times 5 …. long before even the light from the first one ever reaches a “detector.” Then by the time even the fastest computer could determine that a hazard exists – boom! You have a nuclear explosion.
That has happened before. Probably several times around the world. Just jog over (remember this IS an exercise period. no make that exclaimation!) to Wikipedia and hunt down SL One. Lets see only 1100 Curies released and it was a secret Army project safely tucked an hours bus ride from the nearest settlement.
Nothing is safe. As my previous post mentions. And that assumes the systems are working. The fact is that if a critical mass exists or comes into existance in Japan it will be much, much worse then any nuclear disaster in recorded history.
The way things are going at this point there may be nothing anyone can do to stop that from happening. Especially as long as the idiots in charge keep droning on about how safe nuclear power is or telling the general public “don’t worry” we have it all under control. It isn’t safe, they don’t have it under control and the time for panic has already passed.
Remember the ROTC frat boys in Animal House , screaming “remain calm,” if I were you I would take that advise along with some iodinized supliments. By their own press releases they state that the disaster in Japan has not been terminated and it may take months to contain. Anyone foolish enough to ignore those warnings deserves to be swept out to sea by whatever tsunami waves that may follow. This IS the time to prepare for whatever may occur.
Think of this message as a Tornado Watch or Warning. If the States of Kansas and Oklahoma have had a dozen tornados in the last hour; western Arkansas is under the “gun” with multiple warnings in effect and the National Weather service has just issued a “Watch” for your county; you might just want to check the batteries in your flashlight and weather radio, then test both and set the weather radio to alert you before going to bed. And if you have no clue NOW would be the time to review whatever safety information you can find on whatever issue is at hand because …
By tomorrow morning, if S**t hit the fan last night, Walmart will be out of milk, Lowes, Home Depot … those who read my other reports already bought all of doomsday shelters for a reason. Same goes for shortages of potassium iodide pills. By the way that is not the only way to introduce iodine into the human system and most people HAVE an old bottle labeled “tincture of iodine.” You might just want to follow that link and then mossy over to the medicine cabinet to check for flashlight batteries.
No flashlight batteries, none radiactive milk or iodine in the house – put that on your shopping list. You may also want shut down your “paper investments” and consider buying some physical Gold and Silver. For those with smaller portfolios set aside $50 or 100 each paycheck and visit a local dealer.