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"Fukushima" will be repeated
Japanese scientists are going to reproduce the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant as part of an experiment. The Japanese authorities have already allowed to organize an imitation of the process of nuclear fuel melting, as it happened in three reactors of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant in the spring of 2011. The experiment will be carried out by the State Organization for the Study and Development of Atomic Energy, and preparations for it will begin in April 2014.
The goal of reproducing the accident is called replenishment of the lack of information on what happens to the fuel rods after the termination of their cooling. The data obtained will make it possible to be prepared for possible incidents at nuclear power plants.
As part of the experiment, scientists will produce a steel capsule with a height of 1,2 meter and put into it an 30-centimeter fuel rod. Conditions that arose during the accident at the nuclear power plant will be recreated in a special research nuclear reactor at the Tokaj Research Center. With the help of a special camera, scientists will fix the process of destruction of the nuclear rod, then the melted fuel will be extracted from the reactor for study.