Nuclear Engineer Simulates Heat at Crippled Nuclear Plant

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Arnie Gundersen (Courtesy Fairewinds Assoc.)
Arnie Gundersen (Courtesy Fairewinds Assoc.)

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Independent Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen had previously advocated that national governments must be more transparent regarding the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  Now, Japan has raised the tragedy to Level 7, which is comparable to Chernobyl in potential consequences for Japan and the world.

The chief nuclear engineer for Fairewinds' Associates has released a new short video educating viewers to the consequences of the disaster.

Here, he is simulating the heat of Fukushima's heat upon  Zircaloy [zirconium alloy] fuel rods. Gundersen's demonstration shows that intense heat weakens and embrittles Zircaloy changing it from a sturdy metal to a brittle oxide that is easily shattered. Images from the post accident Three Mile Island nuclear core show embrittled and broken Zircaloy fuel rods in the nuclear reactor.

Formerly a licensed reactor operator, Gundersen coordinated and managed 70 nuclear plant projects. He is now an independent nuclear energy and safety expert. He has testified before Congress, predicted the collapse of the Yankee Power Plant cooling towers, and is First Chair of the Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Oversight Panel.Since 2007, he has been a part time professor at the Vermont Community College.

Having authored by invitation the first DOE decommissioning handbook, the nuclear engineer, Gundersen has compiled radiation dose reconstructions for use in court cases, such as one in which children received radiation exposure by living near a nuclear facility that carted radioactive sewage off-site and spread it on farmers' fields. In addition, he worked in a dose reconstruction stemming from the Three Mile Island accident, which is the worst nuclear accident in the U.S.



For Gundersen's opinion in the early days of the Japan tragedy, which is now a Level 7, catastrophe, visit:

Video Courtesy of and (c) Farewinds Associates.


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