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On the other hand, a gasoline powered water pump with a 2" pipe outlet (50 mm) might be able to do the trick, if they have them handy, and if they have a way to pump this water into the system. Power wise, they need about 25 kw engines to pump this water, or about 35 hp ones.

Is this power needed in excess of internal pressure?so would those pumps be able to pump against the Nominal 75 atmosphere internal system pressure?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 01:01:01 PM EST
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I have heard that the pressure was bled down, so it is or should be near atmospheric pressure. Obviously, the higher the pressure difference you pump against the more power the pump would need. This number relates to a 1 ATM pressure drop.

As an ultimate jury rig, you could use a fire truck to pump these flow rates, as long as the pressure drop was not too severe. You could also put pumps together in series.

Anyway, we need to wish those at the site the best of luck. Hopefully they also managed to get the fuel rods out of the pools and into somewhere else before these things went bonkers.


by nb41 on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 10:15:33 PM EST
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Something tells me dry cask storage is going to become a lot more popular in the future.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Mar 15th, 2011 at 12:45:51 PM EST
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