[ RadSafe ] Nuclear Generation Question

George Stanford gstanford at aya.yale.edu
Tue Oct 19 14:30:48 CDT 2010

      A  nuclear generating station functions basically
just like a coal-powered generating station, the only
difference being that the steam that drives the
generators is heated by fission of uranium instead
of by oxidation of coal.
      The current/voltage ratio depends on the grid
      --  George Stanford
      Reactor physicist, retired


At 01:45 PM 10/19/2010, James Barnes wrote:
Been awhile since I worked in the generation industry.

Can someone tell me a typical electrical output from a nuclear generating
station (voltage / current).  I seem to recall from my power plant 
days that the
voltage was relatively low (several kV), but the current was very high.  This
was stepped up to very high voltage for transmission.  I can't recall typical
output levels, however.

Jim Barnes, CHP
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