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What Is A LFTR, and How Can A Reactor Be So Safe?: Molten Salt Reactors, including Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors Kindle Edition

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Length: 51 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lerner Consulting (April 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008271OHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hill Country Bob on December 22, 2013
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The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) offers promise for the future. There is a great deal of useful information in this document. At the dawn of the nuclear industry, the United States Manhattan Project developed the atomic bomb, or real two models of atomic bombs, one using Uranium 235 and one using Plutonium 239. The bombs depended upon getting U235 and PU239. U 235 is about 0.72% of the natural uranium. Getting U235 for the bomb required isotope separation from the much more common U238. PU239 was made from U238 in a specially designed a run reactor. Dr. Weinberg of ONRL, one of the inventors of the nuclear reactor, and others understood the limitations and safety concerns regarding the water cooled reactor. However the risks were acceptable in wartime. Dr. Weinberg thought that there were about one thousand different reactor designs that were possible varying fuel (Uranium, Plutonium, Thorium), high energy, or low energy, moderators, (graphite, heavy water etc) coolant, (liquid sodium etc), and solid fuel rods or liquid fuel. Dr. Weinbergs personal favorite for a power reactor was the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR). A LFTR was made and run at ONRL in the 1960. but it was not the way that the politicians wanted to go for commercial nuclear power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Miller on August 24, 2013
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This Kindle Book reads more like an extended blog post and less like a book. It abounds in 'relaxed' grammar, such as:

"We later dropped the LMFBR due to proliferation concerns and reactor control issues, but never came back to MSR, political inertia." (sic)

In places, the author strings together a series of quotes, always attributed, but without connecting them with his own content or setting them into a secure context.

More fundamentally, he does not give background on why new energy sources are needed, or what the disadvantages on staying on our present energy course may be. He may judge that readers interested in this rather esoteric topic are quite likely to already understand such background, which may be true. One other drawback is that are few (about six) illustrations and diagrams, given a subject that cries out for a more graphic treatment.

What he does give, in a terse, telegraphic style, is a good background on the relevant technical aspects of this attractive, little-known, and certainly under-appreciated potential energy source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hammett on March 30, 2014
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An excellent one-place synopsis of all the essential advantages of liquid fluoride thorium nuclear reactors. It also at the same time provides thorough, historically researched answers to the misinformed criticisms of LFTRs which are have been so discouragingly prevalent among the media, various main stream environmental organizations and the radiation fearing public.
I recommend it to the media, to magazine publishers, the nuclear advisors of environmental organizations, the NRC, members of Congress, the EPA, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as providing information about a critically essential ingredient that will most likely be required to meet the world's increasing need for power while drastically reducing fossil fuel combustion.
I gave it five stars because I often refer to it and quote from it as a source of carefully worded scientific fact. I hope it will be published in book form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Burningham on November 17, 2013
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This is a good way to get a quantitative, analytical look at the prospect of thorium and the nuclear industry. However, there is no need to actually buy this for Kindle when the author provides this information all for free on his website.
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