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Fast Breeder Reactors..answer to energy problem??

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  • jmc1007
    What about Fast Breeder Reactors? It s supposed to extend the supply of uranium. Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) power stations can generate electricity while
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 24, 2006
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      What about Fast Breeder Reactors? It's supposed to extend the supply of
      uranium.

      Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) power stations can generate electricity while
      producing more fuel than they consume. The production of new fuel is achieved by
      transforming non-fissile Uranium-238 into fissile Plutonium-239; this greatly
      improves the efficiency with which precious uranium resources are used.
      Resource-scarce Japan is therefore promoting the development of fast breeder
      reactors as the major nuclear power source for the future.

      A fast reactor would work like this: Nuclear fire burning in the core would heat
      the radioactive liquid sodium running through it. Some of the heated sodium
      would be pumped into an intermediate heat exchanger, where it would transfer its
      thermal energy to nonradioactive liquid sodium running through adjacent but
      separate pipes and into a secondary sodium loop. The nonradioactive sodium would
      in turn bring heat to a final heat exchanger/steam generator, where steam would
      be created in adjacent water-filled pipes. The hot, high-pressure steam would
      then be used to turn steam turbines that would drive electricity-producing
      generators.
    • Bashir Syed
      I wonder if you know the background of Breeder reactors. Jimmy Carter being trained in Nuclear Engineering sensed that Breeder reactors could lead to nuclear
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 24, 2006
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        I wonder if you know the background of Breeder reactors. Jimmy Carter being trained in Nuclear Engineering sensed that Breeder reactors could lead to nuclear proliferation and diversion of fuel for warfare. He was the only president who used intelligence to stop and closed one at Savanah River facility.  That was the begining and demise of Breeder reactors during his presidency. The rest is history! The Three-Mile Island accident happened on his watch too. Thus he was quite are of the ,ishaps or proliferation problems.
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        From: jmc1007
        Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 4:34 PM
        Subject: [hreg] Fast Breeder Reactors..answer to energy problem??

        What about Fast Breeder Reactors?  It's supposed to extend the supply of
        uranium.

        Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) power stations can generate electricity while
        producing more fuel than they consume. The production of new fuel is achieved by
        transforming non-fissile Uranium-238 into fissile Plutonium-239; this greatly
        improves the efficiency with which precious uranium resources are used.
        Resource-scarce Japan is therefore promoting the development of fast breeder
        reactors as the major nuclear power source for the future.

        A fast reactor would work like this: Nuclear fire burning in the core would heat
        the radioactive liquid sodium running through it. Some of the heated sodium
        would be pumped into an intermediate heat exchanger, where it would transfer its
        thermal energy to nonradioactive liquid sodium running through adjacent but
        separate pipes and into a secondary sodium loop. The nonradioactive sodium would
        in turn bring heat to a final heat exchanger/steam generator, where steam would
        be created in adjacent water-filled pipes. The hot, high-pressure steam would
        then be used to turn steam turbines that would drive electricity-producing
        generators.




      • Mike C
        Well, actually Jimmy Carter is not a reliable source to rely on for nuclear technology. He trained for 9months in the Navy on the concept of simple nuclear
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 25, 2006
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          I wonder if you know the background of Breeder reactors. Jimmy Carter being trained in Nuclear Engineering sensed that Breeder reactors could lead to nuclear proliferation and diversion of fuel for warfare. He was the only president who used intelligence to stop and closed one at Savanah River facility.  That was the begining and demise of Breeder reactors during his presidency. The rest is history! The Three-Mile Island accident happened on his watch too. Thus he was quite are of the ,ishaps or proliferation problems.
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: jmc1007
          Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 4:34 PM
          Subject: [hreg] Fast Breeder Reactors..answer to energy problem??

          What about Fast Breeder Reactors?  It's supposed to extend the supply of
          uranium.

          Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) power stations can generate electricity while
          producing more fuel than they consume. The production of new fuel is achieved by
          transforming non-fissile Uranium-238 into fissile Plutonium-239; this greatly
          improves the efficiency with which precious uranium resources are used.
          Resource-scarce Japan is therefore promoting the development of fast breeder
          reactors as the major nuclear power source for the future.

          A fast reactor would work like this: Nuclear fire burning in the core would heat
          the radioactive liquid sodium running through it. Some of the heated sodium
          would be pumped into an intermediate heat exchanger, where it would transfer its
          thermal energy to nonradioactive liquid sodium running through adjacent but
          separate pipes and into a secondary sodium loop. The nonradioactive sodium would
          in turn bring heat to a final heat exchanger/steam generator, where steam would
          be created in adjacent water-filled pipes. The hot, high-pressure steam would
          then be used to turn steam turbines that would drive electricity-producing
          generators.




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