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Another cool feature of molten salt reactors with dissolved fuel is that in an emergency you can dump all the liqiud fuel/moderator/cooling medium via gravity into a bunch of small tanks in the basement, each which is small enough to make a self-sustained nuclear reaction physically impossible. Very elegant.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 04:46:40 PM EST
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And, further, the dump can be done via a plug that naturally melts at the temperature of the molten salt, with the plug actively cooled, so on complete loss of function, the dump of fuel just automatically happens because the plug loses active cooling and melts.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 05:31:25 PM EST
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