The success of a U.S. television miniseries examining the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl has driven up the number of tourists wanting to see the plant and the ghostly abandoned town that neighbours it for themselves.
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Chernobyl: How the RBMK nuclear reactor exploded and could it happen again? Explaining the positive void coefficient and how it contributed to the reactor explosion on April 26, 1986. The water both cools the core and “slows” the reaction down. However, when water turns to steam it lacks the ability to effectively do both of those things, because it boils away and becomes bubbles or “voids.” The ratio of water to steam is known as the “void coefficient.” In other nuclear reactors, the void coefficient is negative — more steam, less reactivity. In the RBMK reactor, it’s the opposite: More steam results in higher reactivity. This positive void coefficient is unique to the Russian RBMK reactors.
CNet 5th June 2019 read more »
Chernobyl review: HBO series on 1986 nuclear disaster is a gripping tale of the horrors of bureaucracy.
First Post 6th June 2019 read more »
Craig Mazin – creator of the mini-series Chernobyl for television network HBO about the 1986 accident in Ukraine – has warned against “reactionary garbage” about the show, stressing that he is a supporter of nuclear energy. In an interview with Slate published on 3 June, Mazin said there had been “really dumb” expectations the mini-series would show “three-headed babies, and spread lies, and tell people that nuclear power is horrendous, and no, it’s not”. “For a million reasons, this was not an anti-nuclear polemic. It’s anti-Soviet government, and it is anti-lie, and it is pro-human being. But anyone who thinks the point of this is that nuclear power is bad, is just, they’ve just missed it.”
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