Mechanics of a Meltdown Explained Feature Summary

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From Physics Research
Title:
Mechanics of a Meltdown Explained
Description:
The long red tubes are zirconium-alloy-clad fuel rods being fastened together into large bundles that will form the core of a nuclear reactor. Inside the zirconium cylinders are stacked pellets of uranium oxide, the reactor fuel.

To find out what happens to the zirconium cladding and the fuel rods in a "nuclear meltdown", visit Mechanics of a Meltdown Explained. The article explains the problems faced by the Fukushima power plant after the March 2011 earthquake in Japan.
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image credit: <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/" target="_blank">NRC</a> file photo; <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/images/reading-rm/photo-gallery/20071114-045.jpg" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/reactorrods-large.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: NRC file photo; image source; larger image
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http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/reactorrods-large.jpg
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May 12, 2011 - May 25, 2011