Title: Cosmic rays eyed to locate nuke fuel melt
Date: Oct. 18, 2012
Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a method to use cosmic rays to locate molten nuclear fuel within the crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the U.S. institute said Wednesday.
A team from the New Mexico-based laboratory visited the Fukushima plant in May and confirmed they were able to place the detectors [...] near the damaged reactors 1 and 2.
The newly devised method will allow images to be taken of the nuclear materials inside the reactors based on the scattering of muons.
“If we find where the molten nuclear fuel is located, it will give us a clue to understand what happened inside the reactors and help accelerate the decommissioning work,” [Haruo Miyadera, a member of the research team] said.
Published: October 18th, 2012 at 10:24 am ET