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Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs) - A new hope for Nuclear

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs) - Can put the Pride back into British Manufacturing. The UK's 'New Nuclear' will all come from foreign-made Pressurised Water Reactors, which operate at 150 atmospheres of pressure, requiring 70 foot long forged-steel pressure vessels, with 8 inch thick walls, sourced from one Japanese manufacturer. LFTRs operate at atmospheric pressure and there are several companies in the UK that could be part of the manufacturing supply chain. LFTRs are uniquely safe because only gravity acts on the liquid core, which flows into safely configured drain tanks in the event of an accident. You could put the reactor vessel under the centre-spot at Hillsborough and not endanger a capacity crowd Colin Megson is retired after 53 years in Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacture, including 5 years in the R & D Department of Rolls-Royce & Associates (The Consortium supplying the MoD with Nuclear Submarines). He spent several years as Works Director, in the Manufacture of heavy, precision, high-pressure equipment." 05 March 2012| 19:00 | The Showroom Café Bar |Colin Megson