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TEPCO - Disaster in Slow Motion
The Reactor 2 Debacle

By Dr. Tom Burnett
Earlier this week, TEPCO tried to fill the reactor 2 containment with water.  That didn't work.  So, they OPENED the containment and released BILLIONS of lethal doses of radiation.  Now they are wondering whether there is any water left in the bottom of the containment.  Let's help them.  Since the bottom of the reactor is hot enough to melt concrete, and IS melting concrete, and no steam is coming out of the reactor, here's why:
The core of Reactor 2 is still in at least intermittent fission and has melted through the bottom of the containment.  Thus, there is a hole in the bottom of the reactor where the core is melting through -  it's several thousand degrees down there.  Water pours through holes and what doesn't boils at 212 degrees.  So there is no water in the bottom of the reactor.
Then they tried to toss in some instruments but, of course, they melted - like their little helicopter and their robot - which was built to go into reactors, except no one bothered to see if it would work BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE - which it didn't.
Now they are going to pump liquid nitrogen into the core of reactor 2.  Liquid nitrogen freezes at -346 degrees F and boils at -321 degrees F.  A 25 degree F difference.  First, they will probably never actually get any liquid nitrogen near the core - it will boil away immediately upon being pumped into the containment (they tried it at Chernobyl - it didn't work there, either).  
If, by some physical quirk they manage to pump some on a nuclear core at 3,000 degrees F, they will be mightily surprised at what happens. The expansion ration of liquid nitrogen is about 1:7.  They will probably manage to asphyxiate everyone within a block if it doesn't blow up in their face.  But maybe they will get lucky.  Maybe they will only release a few billion more lethal doses of radiation.
Will it cool the core?  Not exactly, but it will certainly rupture anything that goes from 3,000 degrees to - 300 in a microsecond - basically anything it touches at the bottom of that reactor.  Within about five seconds after they finish screwing THAT up - they will run out of liquid nitrogen.
You read it here first.
TEPCO Ready To Inject Nitrogen Into No. 2 reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Company is ready to inject nitrogen into the containment vessel of the Number 2 reactor at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent hydrogen blasts.
The company says it will monitor radiation levels around the compound more closely as the nitrogen may force out tiny amounts of gas containing radioactive substances.
Work is underway at the damaged nuclear plant to decontaminate water and inject it back into the reactor for cooling.
But if the reactors are cooled to a stable level, less moisture will be produced, raising the ratio of hydrogen in the air.
Hydrogen can cause an explosion when it reacts with oxygen.
TEPCO has been pumping nitrogen into the No.1 reactor since April and has completed preparations to do the same at the No. 2 reactor.
The utility assessed the possible effects of nitrogen injection into the No.2 reactor, and submitted its report to the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Friday.
It plans to start the injection as soon as it obtains the consent of the agency.
Sunday, June 26, 2011 02:50 +0900 (JST)
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