Nuclear Power And Nuclear Control

1662 WordsDec 9, 20147 Pages
Nuclear fission is a cost-effective, and relatively clean way to generate power. Since, the mid-1940’s, with the formation of the first atomic bombs, engineers have worked on improving nuclear power. In the 1970’s and 80’s nuclear power plants were built in cities to provide power for homes, workplaces, and other facets of life. Nuclear reactions were not well understood by the general public and therefore nuclear engineers inherited a certain status. Also as a result, nuclear power plants raised concerns for many Americans. The chances of a nuclear reactor failure were very slim, however, the consequences were devastating. Engineers feared that if the general public knew of the possible consequences that there would be massive amounts of unnecessary fear. As a result, operators of nuclear reactors were not informed of procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. On May 28, 1979, around 4 a.m. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, the worst nuclear accident in United States history occurred (Backgrounder…). The Metropolitan Edison Company was operating Reactor 2 as normal but then it suddenly shutdown due to a rise in the temperature of the coolant feed. When functioning properly, the reactor is cooled by a steady stream of a coolant water that flows into and then out of the reactor which is the cooled and recycled back to the reactor. However, the temperature of the inlet, coolant feed increased and caused the reactor to

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