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RSS Report LFTRs in 5 minutes - Thorium Reactors
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ElfFriend
ElfFriend

Unfortunately thorium reactors are doomed to fail since, unlike uranium, thorium, can't be used to make nuclear bombs. Thanks 'Merica.

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CommanderDef
CommanderDef

I can say that the guy is selling his product, pointing out pretty much every drawback of todays light water reactors. There are over many solutions to these, but energetics is very conservative branch of technology and will rather stick with older technology, proven and modernized to best level, than experimenting with new stuff.

There are many teams working on promising designs of nuclear reactors, all of them having issues of acquiring money to bring their project to life. No investor would give money to something he can't sell to power companies when it's finished and no power company would buy a reactor that is so different without having somebody else run and test it for at least 15 years.

To the weird chart of Thorium and Uranium availability: I can't imagine burning platinum or silver for energy, but Uranium costs is several times lower.
Indexmundi.com

So, to this project: there isn't much experience with use of Thorium yet. It is different than Uranium, or MOX fuel. One of the greatest issue of molten salts, or liquid metal reactors is the need to heat up the whole primary circuit every time you start it. Pipes with heating are considered too complex to be reliable. Second is, that LFTR converts 232Th to 233U, which is the actual fuel. This conversion is complicated by higher half-life of 233Pa and it's high absorption cross-section (probability of absorption of another neutron), turning it to quite useless 232U.

@ElfFriend - Thorium 232 is not fissionable, but you can convert it to Uranium 233, which is a good bomb material. I wouldn't look for the cause in this.

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LastLifeOfficial
LastLifeOfficial

Take your +1 :) I have plans on studying Nuclear Engineering after graduating on my actual carrer which is Chemical Engineering

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CommanderDef
CommanderDef

Funny thing, I will do it vice versa. I'm getting my bachelor of nuclear engineering this year and I will probably go on Chemical Engineering, or Energetics.

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LastLifeOfficial
LastLifeOfficial

You're lucky! I want to be in front of a reactor already, whatever decision you take, you will never regret on studying an Engineering carrer :D

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CommanderDef
CommanderDef

Actually, a reactor in powerplant is more like mechanical engineering than nuclear. This made me a bit sad when I found out, since I was always more interested in chasing neutrons than thermodynamics.

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LastLifeOfficial
LastLifeOfficial

Hmm, I'll need to decide before I graduate :P

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