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The initial cause of the accident happened eleven hours earlier, during an attempt by operators to fix a blockage in one of the eight condensate polishersthe sophisticated filters cleaning the secondary loop water.
These filters are designed to stop minerals and impurities in the water from accumulating in the steam generators and increasing corrosion rates in the secondary side. Blockages are common with these resin filters and are usually fixed easily, but in this case the usual method of forcing the stuck resin out with compressed air did not succeed.
The operators decided to blow the compressed air into the water and let the force of the water clear the resin. When they forced the resin out, a small amount of water forced its way past a stuck-open check valve and found its way into an instrument air line.
This would eventually cause the feedwater pumpscondensate booster pumps, and condensate pumps to turn off around 4: Within eight seconds, control rods were inserted into the core to halt the nuclear chain reaction.
However, because the valves had been closed for routine maintenance, the system was unable to pump any water. The closure of these valves was a violation of a key Nuclear Regulatory Commission NRC rule, according to which the reactor must be shut down if all auxiliary feed pumps are closed for maintenance.
This was later singled out by NRC officials as a key failure. The relief valve should have closed when the excess pressure had been released, and electric power to the solenoid of the pilot was automatically cut, but the relief valve stuck open because of a mechanical fault.
The open valve permitted coolant water to escape from the primary system, and was the principal mechanical cause of the primary coolant system depressurization and partial core disintegration that followed. Despite the valve being stuck open, a light on the control panel ostensibly indicated that the valve was closed.
In fact the light did not indicate the position of the valve, only the status of the solenoid being powered or not, thus giving false evidence of a closed valve. The bulb was simply connected in parallel with the valve solenoidthus implying that the pilot-operated relief valve was shut when it went dark, without actually verifying the real position of the valve.
When everything was operating correctly, the indication was true and the operators became habituated to rely on it. However, when things went wrong and the main relief valve stuck open, the unlighted lamp was actually misleading the operators by implying that the valve was shut.
This caused the operators considerable confusion, because the pressure, temperature and coolant levels in the primary circuit, so far as they could observe them via their instruments, were not behaving as they would have if the pilot-operated relief valve were shut.
This confusion contributed to the severity of the accident because the operators were unable to break out of a cycle of assumptions that conflicted with what their instruments were telling them. The problem was not correctly diagnosed until a fresh shift came in who did not have the mindset of the first shift of operators.
By this time major damage had occurred. There was a temperature indicator downstream of the pilot-operated relief valve in the tail pipe between the pilot-operated relief valve and the pressurizer relief tank that could have told them the valve was stuck open by showing that the temperature in the tail pipe remained higher than it should have been had the pilot-operated relief valve been shut.
This temperature indicator, however, was not part of the "safety grade" suite of indicators designed to be used after an incident, and the operators had not been trained to use it.The Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Disaster ended construction of new nuclear facilities in the United States for 30 years.
Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident Facts, Impact, and Status Today What Killed Nuclear Power in America? Share Flip Pin Email ••• The view looking towards Middletown Pennsylvania reveals Three Mile.
Thirty-five years ago this week, a nuclear reactor located on an island in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, suffered a partial core melt. On some levels, the accident that became known as TMI (Three Mile Island) was a wake-up call and an expensive learning opportunity for both.
The environmental impact of nuclear power results from the nuclear fuel cycle, operation, and the effects of nuclear accidents.. The greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear fission power are much smaller than those associated with coal, oil and gas, and the routine health risks are much smaller than those associated with coal.
However, there is a "catastrophic risk" potential if containment.
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15 RG. Vocabulary and Case Study summaries for the chapter 15 reading guide Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster - •In at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in USA a cooling malfunction caused part of the core to melt in the # 2 reactor.
"there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to radiation. In at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in USA a cooling malfunction caused part of the core to melt in the #2 reactor.
The TMI-2 reactor was destroyed. Some radioactive gas was released a couple of days after the accident, but not enough to cause any dose above background levels to local.