Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants — IMPORTANT

       Much speculation is on going over Japan’s nuclear power plants, the effect on Japan and delaying using nuclear power. A few facts are in order and more are included in the attached link.

       The nuclear power plants in Japan are built with Generation II technology and not the improved Generation III. Gen III technology is much improved and safer. A major nuclear event is not going to occur. This will not be a Chernobyl. There are major differences in the reactor designs, the management of reactors and the emergency responses of the countries.

       Japan was hit with a catastrophe of major proportions consisting of (1) a huge earthquake and (2) a tsunami. Japan is one of the most earthquake regions in the world. it makes California look benign by comparison.

       I lived in Pennsylvania (State College) during the Three Mile Island event. We were a 2 hour drive from Harrisburg, probably an hour straight line and there were no problems.

       The China Syndrome where a nuclear reactor melts down all the way through the earth to China cannot now or either occur. It makes for a an intriguing movie. And by the way, I do not know about Japan, but China is not under the United States on a straight line through the earth.



About delashmit

Dr. Walter H. Delashmit (MCHS 1962) retired from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control on 1 January 2007 after 25 years at Lockheed and 39 years in the aerospace industry. He is presently doing consulting for the Neural Decision Lab (Arlington, Texas). In addition from August 2007 until June 2009, Walter was an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of North Texas teaching Advanced Electrical Engineering Courses. In addition to graduating from MCHS, Walter has a BSEE from Christian Brothers University (1966) graduating cum laude, a MSEE from with a minor in mathematics from the University of Tennessee (1968) and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (2003). Walter has worked at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (1982-2007) developing "smart" missile systems, at the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (1976-1982) developing advanced torpedo systems, at Martin Marietta Aerospace (1972-1976) developing advanced cruise missile technology and at TRW Systems (1969-1972) working on the Apollo and Skylab Programs, including Apollo 13. Walter received a copy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from NASA for his work on Apollo 13 and received the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Presidents Performance Award for his work on developing and implementing Improved Software Processes. He has also received many other awards. Walter is a Life Senior Member (LSM) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society). Walter has 40 peer reviewed technical publications in advanced Technical Journals and Conferences. He also regularly reviews articles for consideration for publication in advanced technical journals. Walter is an avid runner and completed the Boston Marathon in 1998. Walter and his wife Janice live in Justin, Texas. Walter has 2 sons, Mark Robert Delashmit and Rick Alan Delashmit, a grandson Christian Reeves Delashmit and a granddaughter Victoria Alexis Delashmit.
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