Re: But on further genuflection...

Posted by Southern Man on Jun 04, 2002 at 08:29

Re: But on further genuflection... (bobbapink)

“I want to bore a hole and drop in a self-regulating pebble bed reactor, only without the heavy biological shielding since there aren’t going to be many [any] biologicals around it long enough to worry.”

I can understand eliminating the shielding would be possible if we had the ability to assemble and operate an unmanned reactor. Problem – who assembles it? The problem is finding enough fuel to return explorers. Now we are talking about sending construction crews to build a reactor facility.

“And I don’t know what radioactive steam or repairs you’re talking about.”

Without shielding the steam you generate is going to contain radioactive particles. Drilling a hole in the ground and inserting something to make steam sounds a lot like geothermal power which is know to be very maintenance intensive.

“Hey, if you don't like pebble-bed technology, how 'bout we go with a nice, cute, little Rapid-L reactor instead? “

Great find!!! Much better. How much does it weigh compared to just shipping in the required fuel?

“And hey - I don’t know you well enough to whip out my calculator. You gotta smooze me a bit before I show you that.”

Fair enough. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. :)

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