Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nuclear Power for United Arab Emirates

Wall Street Journal on December 28, 2009 reports $20+ billion estimate for four units to be built by a Korean team. Elsewhere I have read that retirees from USNRC have been on the scene at UAE. It will be fun to watch these developments. So far, we can expect further applications of Regulation by Myth. Following is copied from the WSJ.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Nukiyama was first and best

During the early 1930's Professor Shiro Nukiyama discovered a lot with a platinum wire that simultaneously served as a heat transfer element and a resistance thermometer when he explored heat transfer to water at one atmosphere. He recalled his 50 years of experience in an article in the 1984 issue of the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Click on the page below that has portions of Nukiyama's recollections in 1984 and note the reference to his work that was published in 1934. Click on the following to enlarge.

So, about 74 years after Nukiyama's pioneering work, the Berkeley crowd and others cited Nukiyama's work, however they did not cite Nukiyama. Instead, the Nukiyama work was attributed to a document published during 1992 by one of their own. One of the authors, Majumdar, is now with the Obama gang as he runs the new ARPA-E (EARPA). Again, click to enlarge.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blowdown Heat Transfer -- Unbelievable

Following is one page from a December 14 entry on this matter that I am still working on and it has not been posted. I have several references with an abstract that I'm writing. The following really does not stand on it own and that is too bad, but I want it out here now. Click to enlarge and use your back arrow to return.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I'm after those RBHT documents. See my blog entries of November 13 and December 3, 2009. So, I've heard from my Congressman, and he is a great Congressman. The NRC knows how to not respond. Click on the letters to enlarge.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Another approach: Rod Bundle Heat Transfer at Penn State

I've already reported other approaches to get these reports. Right now I'm also trying via a Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC. Here it is, three pages. Click to enlarge and use the back arrow to return for the next page: