Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fukushima: Mark 1 Nuclear Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist To Quit In Protest

Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing -- the Mark 1 -- was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.

Questions persisted for decades about the ability of the Mark 1 to handle the immense pressures that would result if the reactor lost cooling power, and today that design is being put to the ultimate test in Japan. Five of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been wracked since Friday's earthquake with explosions and radiation leaks, are Mark 1s.'


1 comment:

  1. IT SEEMS IN THE RACE TO BE ME TOO ALL THE COUNTRIES OPTED FOR THE MARK 1 DESIGN OF THE REACTOR WITHOUT BOTHERING TO GIVE A THOUGHT TO THE SAFETY OF IT. as nuclear technology was the most securely guarded secret until 1979 & it became known to people through 1986 chernobyle reactors explosion that the days of nuclear technology as a pride possession are over.

    This has been more cleary been exposed by nature when the technology of Mark 1 reactors was put to test against the earth quake & tsunami had it not been for that earth quake of the magnitude of 9 world would have not known the real flaws of the technology.


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