Taking advantage of the shutdown, the plant operators on duty performed a test with the reactor’s residual kinetic energy.
In the general description of the accident offered in the Soviet report, the authors presented the experiment as an attempt to test the possibility of utilizing the mechanical energy of the rotor in a turbogenerator, cut off from the steam supply, to sustain the unit’s own power requirements during failure.
The Russians operated on the RMBK-1000 series reactor; four of them were stationed at Chernobyl.
Rector number 4 was scheduled to be shut down to allow for routine maintenance the day before.
Her capacity to immerse herself and pick up on nuances brings these stories from factory workers, technicians, doctors and villagers alive.
Brown read official reports on Chernobyl’s health effects, but also local public health statistics; asked researchers to explain their methodology; compared how research protocols were set up and executed.
To fuel this growth, the only cheap, affordable, efficient energy production means was nuclear energy.
The fission of 1 lb of uranium-235 Although the reason for the Chernobyl disaster occurred long before the accident happened, the construction and implementation of the reactors is not the only factor involved with the meltdown.
Sonja Schmid is associate professor for science, technology and society at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Falls Church.
She is the author of Producing Power: The Pre-Chernobyl History of the Soviet Nuclear Industry, and numerous other works on nuclear history.