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MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Tatyana Sinitsyna) - Russia and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to set up the International Uranium Enrichment Center. The document formalized the two countries' uranium processing cycle, from the production of uranium ore to its refining into low enriched uranium.
jamiebk wrote:My thought is that if they ever attempted to use them (nukes) the world, (not just the US) would retaliate in masse and blast them off the face of the earth...the country would look like one giant glass mirror from space. Do they want to risk that? Probably not considering the still limited capability they would have.
analog wrote:Fascinating post, B'Jon......
That is an interesting prospect. Neighborhood nukes.
The shielding (typically concrete, maybe some lead) would be too heavy to move by helicopter, but the plant itself might well be portable. It could be set underground. Assuming they're fission reactors, they'll build an inventory of radioactive waste. Were one sabotaged it could create a bit of a mess.
As power plants go It is very small. Definitely neighborhood or village sized.
The article didn't say if 200kw is electric or thermal output. (Electric output will be roughly 1/3 thermal.) The place I worked, a medium sized central station, was 2,200,000 kilowatts thermal - some 11,000 times more than the little Toshiba.
I am told that back in the fifties, the US Army made some portable nuke power plants about that Toshiba's size, mounted them on semi trailers. They would provide field power without having to constantly truck in diesel fuel which is probably a handy feature in a war. One was used at the Antarctic research station as well. I don't know how they shielded the people, probably with distance.
The US military once built a reactor to heat air for jet engines thinking it'd make for a VERY long range bomber. The reactor was trial fitted into a B-36 but I've never heard of it's being flown. I think they decided the plane couldn't carry enough shielding to protect the crew.
Little nukes - maybe they'll work out.
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