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Thorium-powered vehicles

Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by Briansol, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Briansol

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    I'd love to see the technology in powerplants. It seems much safer and efficient then current nuclear models. As far as a vehicle goes? I don't trust 60% of the population with a gas powered vehicle.
     
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    i can has nuke car?
     
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    Sure.


    One does have to question if the tech could be weaponized if so I doubt we'll ever see it.
     
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    the article says its damn difficult to weaponize
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    of course there is a difference between making a bomb out of the nuclear material and making a dirty bomb with a few harvested fuel sources... not sure how dangerous this crap is
     
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    There are some highly ..."enthusiastic" and smart people out there. Granted we can easily make bombs out of gasoline and other substances but it's the potential energy that makes it.
     
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    What a horribly written article.
     
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    OH MY GOD we put a man on the moon ?
     
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    One of the 'nice' things about these reactors is that they produce both U-232 and U-233. The reason this is nice, is because U-232 is such a prolific alpha particle emitter, that it tends to go ahead and start a fission reaction without any outside intervention. So if you tried to remove and weaponize the Uranium produced from the reactor you'd likely either poison your supply of U-233, or blow yourself up with a bomb that would take out less than a truck full of fertilizer.

    Granted, if there was a safe method to extract the U-233 by product from the reactor, this might be an issue. I know China and India have been working on it for a while since they have pretty rich Thorium deposits, but to my knowledge, it's been ruled as impractical when Plutonium is much easier to produce, the same reasons why we use the nuclear reactors we do, because they have the added benefit of producing weapons grade plutonium.
     
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