[ RadSafe ] Scenarios
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Fri Feb 24 13:29:07 CST 2012
From: _jpreisig at aol.com_ (mailto:jpreisig at aol.com)
Hope you all are well. Here is a brief discussion of some scenarios
involving a reactor or
whatever in Iran.
In Health Physics etc. one of the accident simulation scenarios is
something like what will
happen to a reactor if a 747 airplane crashes into the containment
building. So let's build upon that
Suppose a 747 jet crashes into a building housing centrifugal U235
enrichment machines, and the
facility is above ground. I guess such a crash would release Uranium
whatever chemical gas is involved) to the atmosphere. Countries East of
Iran might be
affected in such a scenario. Such a release doesn't seem very ominous to
me. I guess the
Iranians could limit such an accident from happening by placing their
enrichment facility underground. Does such a facility exist??? Sure,
than a 747 jet (if you catch my Bunker Buster drift) could crash into such
What kind of peaceful reactor does Iran have??? Is it a PWR
(Pressurized Water Reactor)
or a BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) and what is the power level (in MegaWatts
Is this reactor as big, power-wise as a typical US power reactor????
Well. now consider a 747 jet airplane (or whatever) crashing into
the containment of
Iran's peaceful energy reactor. Is the containment building up to US
Who built the reactor --- France, USSR, China, or someone else???? Let's
say the containment
building fails miserably and the reactor core loses its cooling water. A
event in a rather arid part of the world. I suppose there is extra
cooling water nearby from a river
to supply emergency cooling water. Iran's response to such an accident
would be to try to
restore cooling water to the reactor, and barring that, to cover the
reactor with dirt, concrete etc.
Of course, the Iranian nuclear engineers, health physicists, emergency
would be picking up considerable dose equivalent responding to the
incident. If this were to
happen, would Iran accept help from outside nations???
Of course, depending on the weather conditions around the time and
vicinity of the reactor
and reactor accident, countries immediately to the East of Iran might
considerable exposure risk. Any cropland involved might be affected also.
Of course, Iran's next reactor might be built underground????!!!!!
So, there you go, something to think about for the rest of today.
And I didn't even say Israel even once...OOOOOPSSSS!!!!!
Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD
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