Researchers: Prevent hydrogen explosions by using ceramic

02/19/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute believe they have found a way to prevent hydrogen explosions like those that occurred in the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. They are studying the feasibility of replacing zirconium in reactor cores with a ceramic known as silicon carbide. Zirconium is known to release hydrogen at high temperatures.

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