Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

To get to the current nuclear power plant is an unattainable dream for many.
Multi-level security system, radiation and seething crater of a nuclear reactor.
… Welcome!

1. Smolensk NPP. Desnogorsk town.
One of the 10 operating nuclear power plants in Russia.
Nuclear power plant provides 8% of the electricity in the Central region and 80% in the Smolensk region.
And a huge building which scale can not fail to impress.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

2. The construction of nuclear power plants was announced in 1973.
Multilevel access control.
At each stage of the passage in the NPP its own kind of protection. And of course, lots of special equipment.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

3. Visiting NPP, first of all, it is necessary to undress.
Then put everything white and clean …
Even socks and bonnet.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

4. EarplugsHave You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

5. Actually, there is no need to take them because the helmet, that is also needed to wear, is complete with noise-attenuating earphones.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

6. Yes, the shoes are also individual.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

8. Required item of clothing is an individual cumulative dosimeter.
Everybody has their own one which is given up at the end of the day to show the accumulated radiation dose.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

9. That’s it. We’re inside.
This is the area of controlled access. Reactor is ahead.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

11. Block control panel of the NPP.
This is the brain of the station.
It controls everything…

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

12. It ripples in the eyesbecause of the number of buttons, circuits, lights and monitors.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

13. Here is a control over the rods of the reactor.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

14. There are 4 workers. They work 8 h per day.
It is clear that the plant works 24/7.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

15. It manages both the reactor and the block itself and turbines of the NPP.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

16. Here’s cool, quiet and peaceful.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

17. A serious key called “emergency protection”.
NPP safety is above all. The whole system is so perfect that excludes impacts from the outside.
Equipment, in case of emergency, can do everything without people’s participation, but the professionals here are not in vain.
For maintenance work, the reactor can be stopped.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

18. It has been working for 32 years and here has never been any state of emergency or increase the background radiation.
The level of protection of the nuclear power plant in Russia is the best in the world.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

20. The professionals are discussing the possible contingencies.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

22. Go upstairs.
It is possible to use an elevator or go on foot to the 8th floor using the stairs with a special anti-radiation protection.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

24. And again there are several cordons of protection.
And here is the central room of the 1 unit.
There are three such rooms at Smolensk NPP.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

25. The main thing here is the reactor.
It is huge and at the bottom and here you can see only its security plateau.
These metal squares are a kind of stopper with biosecurity blocking the technological channels of the reactor in which there are FA – fuel assemblies – with uranium dioxide. There are 1661 such channels.
They contain the fuel cells which secrete powerful thermal energy through nuclear reactions.
Between them there are protection rods which absorb neutrons. The nuclear reaction is controlled with their help.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

26. This is an unloading-and-loading machine.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

27. Its task is to replace the fuel cells.

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

29. Under the feet there is a buzz and vibration. Unreal feelings!
Words cannot convey the power of boiling reactor instantly converting water into steam…Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

31. Positive people.
See how they shine. And not because of radiation but because of love for their work.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

33. Inside each tube (TVEL) – small cylindrical tablets of uranium dioxide.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

34. Fuel that is ready for loading into the reactor .Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

35. The place is certainly impressive.
But the question of radiation is constantly spinning in my head.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

36. They called a specialist called dosimetrist.
The dosimeter in real time in the center of the reactor showed a value slightly higher than on the streets of Moscow.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

37. Phew! Now I’m calm. Go on.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

38. Powerful circulation pumps leading a heat transfer fluid  – water – to the reactor.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

39. Here is the strongest hum.
Impossible to stand without headphones.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

40. A bit of a rest for our ears.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

41. And again a loud noise – NPP Turbine Hall.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

42. Just a huge room with an incredible number of pipes, engines and aggregates.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

43. The steam extracted from the water that cools the reactor, comes here, on the turbogenerators.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

44. Steam rotates its blades with a speed exactly equal 3000 RPM.
So, the heat energy is converted into electricity.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

45. Pipes, pumps, pressure gauges …Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

46. ​​The exhaust steam is condensed in a liquid form and once again supplied to the reactor.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

48.Multistage system of water filtration, gauges throughout the NPP, city and region, the permanent collection of analysis and samples from the environment and its own laboratory.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

*Pure steam to consumers*Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

49. It’s not easy to go outside from the controlled access zone. A complete verification of the presence of radiation there makes three times till you find yourself in your underwear again.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

50. After a responsible work, we can have a substantial meal.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

51. The food here is delicious.
By the way, about 4,000 employees work at the plant , and the average salary is about 60 thousand rubles per month.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

52. What can I say? I’m not scared anymore.
A lot of control. Everything’s in order. Cleanliness, safety and security are everywhere.Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?

via

7 thoughts on “Have You Ever Seen Nuclear Power Plant from Inside?”

Leave a Comment