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Monday, July 7, 2008

Nuclear Energy (for educational purposes)

For educational purposes only:

(1a) This demonstrates a nuclear chain reaction of atomic bombs.

(1b) This shows an animation of an old fashioned bomb shell implosion


(1c) shows a nuclear cannon that was tested in the '50s or so. Pretty neat stuff!


(2) This demonstrates a controlled nuclear reactor in a powerplant. The reactor heats up the heavy water and then that heat is exchanged into a water boiler that produces steam which drives a (3) turbine which spins (4) a really strong bar magnet which runs (5a,b) a 60Hz, 3-phase generator which goes through (6) a transformer where the two live wires are reduced down to 120V and sent down the distribution grids.
2. Nuclear Power Generator








3. Steam Turbine

4. Strong magnet

5a. AC-Generator (technically a 4 phaser, while most in modern times are 3 phasers)

5b. 3 phase electrical power

6. Transformer and Electricity Grids (for illustrative purposes, but may not be an entirely accurate representition of the transformers at electricity plant generaters)

Sources:

A) Google Images

B) USPTO website


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