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Old 08-29-2018, 01:33 PM   #2607 (permalink)
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These nuclear plants you rag on constantly were probably all designed in the late 1960s to early 1970s by men with slide rules working on paper. These plants were the first attempt at wide scale nuclear power production.

Some of the methods used in construction left a lot to be desired. I know on the maine and VT Yankee plants they explosive welded titanium joints to the reactor cores stainless steel steam out let. This was the source of a lot of problems. This would never be attempted now.
That one pipe coupling was the main reason the maine Yankee plant shut down.
Now when you have to weld up a 1 meter diameter 2 inch thick power plant steam pipe you get a crew of guys to weld on it for a week straight, 24 hours a day till its done, only stopping to x-ray the welds.
Explosive welded joints were supposed to be the future of power plant production saving months of welding time.
That one didn't really pan out.
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