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    Re: Japan authorities: TEPCO plant fuel rods may have melted -Jiji

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor Snorkum View Post
    So the bubble probably burst, and that was because the japanese didn't engineer their reactor to handle such shocks.

    Oops.
    The assumption on which the above quote rests ignores the magnitude of the earthquake's power. The reality is that there are limits to engineering. Even if engineering capabilities were perfect--and they aren't--there are also limits to the stresses materials can withstand (pressure, temperature, etc.), hence the concepts of tolerances, etc., in engineering. Once an earthquake surpasses 8.0 or above, even the best-constructed structures can be compromised to varying degrees.

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    Re: Japan authorities: TEPCO plant fuel rods may have melted -Jiji

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    The assumption on which the above quote rests ignores the magnitude of the earthquake's power. The reality is that there are limits to engineering. Even if engineering capabilities were perfect--and they aren't--there are also limits to the stresses materials can withstand (pressure, temperature, etc.), hence the concepts of tolerances, etc., in engineering. Once an earthquake surpasses 8.0 or above, even the best-constructed structures can be compromised to varying degrees.
    And the problem seems to be as much caused by the effects on the power grid of the disaster as much as the direct effect on the reactors themselves. The fact that we haven't seen a major radioactive cloud yet is as much a testament to the design and response of the Japanese engineers as anything else. You know guys, some of you want to sensationalize it, but there really isn't much to this at this point...
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    Re: Japan authorities: TEPCO plant fuel rods may have melted -Jiji

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    And the problem seems to be as much caused by the effects on the power grid...
    From all that I have read so far, it is the impact on the grid that has made power rationing necessary. I also strongly agree with you about the design and response of the Japanese engineers.

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    Re: Japan authorities: TEPCO plant fuel rods may have melted -Jiji

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Japan authorities: TEPCO plant fuel rods may have melted -Jiji | Reuters

    A real life "China Syndrome" in action.

    Not good at all. Not good in the least.
    I told them to use more ice cubes!! Damn them!!!

    Actually I feel the Japanese are doing a fantastic job. What they are doing now is heroic!
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