Especially freaky was the containment pool, glowing blue with cerenkov radiation, with nothing but a lead window between you and and an ugly death.
They were many checkpoints to go through with detectors that check your shoes and hands for radioactive dust and I inadvertently set one off. I had not placed my hands on the sensors exactly right and the machine went off, scaring the sh*t out of me and everyone else.
The most interesting thing about CANDU reactors is the vacuum building that can suck all the air out of the reactor buildings in the event of a deuteurium steam leak. Dampening rods are also held up by electromagnets that will drop and kill the reaction in the event of an electrical failure.
I'm glad he brought out one of the big points in US/UK nuke plants; the professionalism. It's hard to understand until you've experienced it.
I've never quite had such a clear visual picture of a nuclear reactor in operation.
Internet rods hold the tubes together? Typo, presumably? Or a joke I'm currently too hungover to appreciate?
Am I the only one terrified of the fact that any part of a nuclear reactor can be tampered with by a flash of light?
The worst that will happen is that an emergency/safety system will be tripped accidentally. The workaround is to mask the EPROM windows (with tape, I assume) after programming them.
Due to pricing quirks, the EPROMs with windows were far cheaper than the same chips that didn't have quartz windows on them. They weren't ROMS, they were the same IC, but with an opaque lid.
The good stickers we used were metallized polyster, I think. They were a bit more opaque than paper, as measured by the time it took to UV erase a device.
that's only around the same as 59 Wally yachts...
Oh, but trust me, it will be: when fossil fuels become truly scarce and the antinuclear Luddites are shot, as they ought to have been decades ago.
Even got to see them changing one of the rods (Though of course, from a considerable and safe distance).
It was pretty sweet.