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Q: What nuclear power plant caused a series of explosions?
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Can a nuclear power plant turn into a atomic bomb?

No, a reactor is operated at critical and a bomb at supercritical. Also reactors include safety shutdown systems that quickly make them subcritical stopping the reaction.However reactors can have steam explosions and hydrogen/oxygen explosions. These are physical and chemical explosions respectively, not nuclear.


How many nuclear power plants can Three Gorges Dam generate?

This will be a hydro plant, or a series of them, not nuclear


Why nuclear power plant explodes?

Nuclear power plants don't explode, in the style of a nuclear bomb. That particular super prompt criticality is impossible to maintain for the length of time necessary to consume the core, leading to a true, nuclear detonation. If you are thinking about the explosions that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, those were hydrogen gas explosions. Hydrogen gas built up as a consequence of the high temperature of the zircalloy fuel pins in contact with water. When additional water was added to help cool the fuel, the hydrogen combined with the oxygen in the water under temperature and exploded. Again, it was not a nuclear explosion.


How many reactors have exploded at the Fukushima Daiishi nuclear power plant?

I think four of the six on site, but they have not all had the same problems. The explosions were actually in the reactor buildings, not inside the reactor pressure vessels, and these explosions were due to hydrogen accumulating and forming an explosive mixture with air


How is a nuclear power plant safe?

How is a nuclear power plant safe?

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What is the name of the three nuclear power plant which suffered explosions on 11march 2011?

Fukushima in Japan


Can nuclear plant explosions be avoided?

The US has 104 operating reactors and none of them have exploded. It's a matter of good design and operating methods. Nuclear explosions though are not possible in a commercial nuclear reactor, because the nuclear fuel is not sufficiently enriched to make a weapon, whatever happens in the reactor.


Can a nuclear power plant turn into a atomic bomb?

No, a reactor is operated at critical and a bomb at supercritical. Also reactors include safety shutdown systems that quickly make them subcritical stopping the reaction.However reactors can have steam explosions and hydrogen/oxygen explosions. These are physical and chemical explosions respectively, not nuclear.


Are explosions bad for the plant?

yes explosions are bad for you plant


Was the earthquake in japan caused by an explosion of a nuclear power station?

no it was caused by the tectonic plates the nuclear plant disaster happened because of the earthquake


What has caused the destructive explosion in Fukushima?

The EarthquakeTsunamiLack of Electricity to keep the power plants coolThey say that the lack of cooling was one of the main reasons for the nuclear plant explosions and the authorities are trying very hard to stop any radiation leak.


Did anymore problems arise after the tsunami earthquake in japan 2011?

The tsunami caused damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a series of equipment failure, nuclear meltdows, and release of radioactive material into the environment.


How many nuclear power plants can Three Gorges Dam generate?

This will be a hydro plant, or a series of them, not nuclear


Can an improperly managed nuclear plant explode like a nuclear weapon?

No. A nuclear weapon requires a critical amount of highly enriched fuel to be rapidly brought together to cause a sudden explosion. Nuclear plants use low enriched fuel which could never cause a nuclear explosion, and this fuel is dispersed through the reactor in any case so it could not suddenly come together. Any nuclear plant explosions (like Chernobyl) are caused by the presence of high pressure steam and water circuits, not the fact of it being a nuclear plant, though certainly if there is an explosion of a pressure circuit and hence a loss of coolant, and disruption of the nuclear reactor, radioactivity may escape from the plant. This is the chief preoccupation of designers and operators, to keep the plant safe and prevent this ever happening.


Will nuclear explosion in Japan lead to a rethink in setting up of new nuclear plant?

There was no nuclear explosion at the Japanese nuclear power plants. The explosions were of one or both of two types:Steam explosions where water in the cooling system and/or steam generators flash evaporates causing a pressure spike that bursts pipes and/or tanks.Hydrogen/oxygen explosions where overheated zirconium cladding on fuel pellets contacts water, decomposing it and releasing hydrogen gas, which when mixed with air and it encounters a spark or flame explodes.


Why nuclear power plant explodes?

Nuclear power plants don't explode, in the style of a nuclear bomb. That particular super prompt criticality is impossible to maintain for the length of time necessary to consume the core, leading to a true, nuclear detonation. If you are thinking about the explosions that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, those were hydrogen gas explosions. Hydrogen gas built up as a consequence of the high temperature of the zircalloy fuel pins in contact with water. When additional water was added to help cool the fuel, the hydrogen combined with the oxygen in the water under temperature and exploded. Again, it was not a nuclear explosion.


What happend in chernobyl?

there was a meltdown at a nuclear plant that caused irrevoable damage and nuclear posioning for generations to come. It is still considered dangerous to go there.