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But the meltdown could easily resume if they cannot continue present emergency measures. How do we calculate the time to cold shutdown in a reactor where there has been a partial meltdown. Seems we need better definitions of "partial". It matters whether the rods have cracked and the pellets have been exposed to sea water or whether the pellets have fallen out and collected on the bottom where recriticality is conceivable, especially in #3, with MOX fuel.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 03:00:29 PM EST
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well we'd need to draw a graph of the temperature results, Im sure I saw in an Oildrum thread that  its cooling approximately 20% slower than the reference cooling curve.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 03:22:15 PM EST
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Certainly. Active cooling will be needed for years.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 05:10:20 PM EST
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