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Old 02-05-2019, 06:21 PM   #4825 (permalink)
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Maine Yankee nuclear power station, the one I am most familiar with as some of dad's family built it only lasted about 30 years I was going with worst case scenario.

The steam line coming out of the reactor cracked because they used a very unusual explosive welding technique to connect the reactor core to the super heated water outlet pipes.
It saved 2 or 3 weeks of welding, but cut the life of the plant in half because when it cracks it was pretty much impossible to repair. If the titanium sleeve to stainless steel pipe bond bond broke then there is no way to repair it.
A reactor core leak on PWR like that is really not good.

The thing that did maine Yankee in was an engineering design flaw.
My dads family that worked on it were just stupid welders.
Funny thing is if they let the stupid welders do their job instead of let the engineers try something new, cool and fun that nuclear power plants would still be going.
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