Friday, August 31, 2012

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: TEPCO Still Doesn't Know Why the Amount of Water into RPVs Dropped Suddenly

but TEPCO's Matsumoto says they flushed the pipes and will see what happens.

For the initial report on the subject, go to my previous post.

Update from Kyodo News (8/31/2012):

福島第1原発の配管に異物混入か 注水量低下問題

Amount of water into the reactors at Fukushima I Nuke Plant dropping - foreign objects clogging up the pipes?


After the amount of water being injected into Reactors 1, 2, and 3's Reactor Pressure Vessels at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant had temporarily dropped below the level specified in the safety regulations, TEPCO announced on August 31 that the company flushed the pipes by temporarily increasing the amount of water as it was possible that foreign objects had clogged up the pipes. TEPCO will wait and see if the amount of water injected into the RPVs recovers before deciding whether the second flushing is necessary.


Since there is no leak from the pipe and the pumps are working normally, TEPCO thinks that the valves that control and adjust the flow of water inside the pipes are clogged up, preventing the flow.


According to TEPCO's Junichi Matsumoto, "There is no conclusive evidence to narrow down the possible causes, and it is unknown whether the flow will recover."

TEPCO is an incurious bunch, but then, it is an utility company who only knew how to run a functioning nuclear power plant. People who hastily rigged up the water treatment/injection system at Fukushima I Nuke Plant are from the 1st-tier contractors (Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Kajima, Kandenko, etc.), but they are not talking.

The national government has effectively taken over the company, but so far has done nothing when it comes to dealing with the plant.


Anonymous said...

I bet it is either jellyfish or small pebbles.

Anonymous said...

Could also be caused by a pressure increase within the reactor pressure vessel + wet well + melted out CV floor. Stronger internal pressure will slow water injection if injection force remains same.

Anonymous said...

Again, water level in the RPV's is totally, completely 100% irrelevant.

Don't fall for the propaganda!!!!!

We have three reactors where the fuel is no longer in the RPV's and 1 which didn't have fuel in the RPV at the time of the accident.

It makes no difference in the world if they pump no water at all into the RPV's They are empty, and have been for over a year.

Do people really fall for this garbage???


Anonymous said...

Is there a guideline for meltdowns?

Anonymous said...

National government taking over TEPCO is like a block of wood taking over a chunk of rubber.

Yeah there is a guideline for meltdowns:
1. Pay researchers to state that it's safe.
2. Pocket all the money at hand.
3. Pretend to apologize whilst making snarky remarks that everyone else is a stupid peon.
4. Move family and friends to a country that doesn't use nuclear power.

Straight from The Politician's Handbook. Probably.

Anonymous said...

Fuel Rod!

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