AS WE WATCH this disaster in Japan unfold, no doubt we’ll ask, why didn’t they do this is that?
One of my favorite comments made thus far… by a power engineer “Imagine… a 45 year old design in a 45 year old industry said to have flaws in the design!” The comment was made after a brief discussion that there were three whistle blowers out of GE saying this design had it’s problems. Another person commented just how far the third generation of nuke plants have come and how many efforts have been made to ‘KISS’ engineer them. What isn’t part of the design doesn’t fail… we know all about that..
Think about that when you go out of your way to design a cooling system that relies on a circ pump to cool an engine, others have designed that thermal loop that will cool the engine and then added a circ pump to move the heat off to a point of use. Seldom will you ever design it close to right the first time. There’s just too much to learn during the actual operation, and unfortunately.
Help keep the prayers flowing.