Power Stations

Discussion in 'Submariners' started by janner, Aug 11, 2008.

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  1. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Given that we are constantly being told that the UK is short on generating stations, could we not keep some of the old Boats cores in place and use the generating power to link them into the grid, obviously only as a short term thing until the new power stations come on line. This would also reduce our dependance on the French for our electricity supplies.

    I believe that something similar was done with diesel boats in the 1950's to overcome power shortages happening then.
  2. What a pity, with hindsight, that the RNC Greenwich dismantled its underground nuclear facility. It could have powered the festoon lamps on the Cutty Sark.
  3. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    Haven't the festoon lamps been replaced by gently glowing embers, fully in keeping with the current state of the Cutty Sark? :)

    NB nuclear power for the festoon lamps would in future present far less of a fire hazard!
  4. :dwarf:
  5. Aren't the decommisioned submarine reactor cores worn out anyway through crystal erosion by Neutrons and Hydrogen embrittlement?
  6. Due to over use of the Flux converter and screw down non return efforty type thing and only using impulse power when the gamma pump was on make and mend.(I think)
  7. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    Don't see why any scientific reason should cause such wear-out mechanisms - there's a 50 year old reatctor still going strong here at Chalk River (what's that funny glow in the sky up-river?); perhaps the sub reactors are work out due to having received too much attention from sun-dodger clankies :)
  8. Warp 6 comes to mind .Scotty.... :rendeer:
  9. It could still have been used to bring a glow to the sallow faces of the locals. :bball:
  10. Well we don't want cracks in our trouser legs, do we!
  11. PS

    On them, maybe! :thumright:
  12. Alas, there are many people in positions of authority and power making decisions from a position of utter ignorance who insist on many weird and wonderful things such as Safety Justifications and Licences.

    Basically the way an RN reactor is constructed and operated with various safety overrides and modified Scram functions means that if you were to use a naval reactor ashore you'd have to entirely rip out the control systems and design and fit new ones. And if you were to keep the reastor afloat in the hull and use it, you'd have to completely rewrite the Safety Case for the Licenced Site where they were. And re-rig the control systems.


    The missing paragraph above also contained several excellent technical reasons why it couldn't be done, but this is a public forum!
  13. I see it all now,you would have to re route the swirly pipe via the uppy downy go aroundy thing that goes into the tri mix cylinder effort.
    Diesel Boats Forever,much simpler stuff. :w00t:
  14. Not really it couldn't - JASON (Just Another Source of Neutrons) was about a 1kw output - not enough (with transmission losses) to do so!

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