• Short Summary

    A NEW TYPE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR -- THE DRAGON -- IS TO BE INAUGURATED IN BRITAIN TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    A NEW TYPE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR -- THE DRAGON -- IS TO BE INAUGURATED IN BRITAIN TOMORROW (THURSDAY). IT'S ALREADY WORKING, NEARLY A YEAR AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE WORLD; A BRITISH IDEA TAKEN UP AND PAID FOR BY TWELVE EUROPEAN NATIONS AT A COST OF GBP25 MILLION.

    THE DRAGON IS THE FIRST REACTOR OF ITS KIND AND IT COULD LEAD TO MORE EFFICIENT NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS AND EVENTUALLY BRING DOWN THE COST OF POWER.

    A VERY HIGH OPERATING TEMPERATURE IS THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT THE REACTOR. THE CENTRE OF THE CORE OF THE ATOMIC FUEL IS AT WHITE HEAT, TOO BRIGHT FOR THE HUMAN EYE TO LOOK AT FOR LONG. THE GAS, WHICH CARRIES AWAY THE HEAT TO MAKE STEAM, IS PURE HELIUM AT SUCH A HIGH TEMPERATURE THAT THE METAL GLOW RED HOT. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IT IS HOPED THAT FUTURE ATOMIC REACTORS, DESIGNED ON THE BASIS OF THE RESULTS GAINED FORM THIS REACTOR, WILL BE BOTH CHEAPER AND SMALLER, AND RUN MORE ECONOMICALLY. IT IS HOPED THAT REACTORS OF THE DRAGON TYPE COULD ALSO BE USED IN ATOMIC SHIPS.

    OF THE GBP25 MILLION SPENT ON THE FIRST DRAGON REACTOR, HALF WENT INTO THE CONSTRUCTION AND HALF INTO RESEARCH. THE SCIENTISTS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE DESIGN AND SEE NO REASON WHY THE REACTOR SHOULDN'T WORK AS PLANNED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEAFXKMTRQTRVGM68H3Y8YHU51
    Media URN:
    VLVAEAFXKMTRQTRVGM68H3Y8YHU51
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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