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Vintage Cutaway Drawings Offer a Peek into Nuclear Reactors of Yesteryear

Curious about the history of nuclear reactors after all the attention they’ve received in the news? Take a peek at the history of reactors with these gorgeous cutaway drawings of vintage nuclear power plants.

Published in the 1970s and 1980s in issues of Nuclear Engineering International, these detailed drawing were thought to be lost forever (even the publisher had failed to keep a copy). Thankfully nuclear engineer Ronald Knief kept copies and scanned them to preserve for posterity. Check out the link below to take a peek in the diverse designs employed by reactors in the later part of the 20th century.

Nuclear Reactor Cutaways [BiblioOdyssey via boingboing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/22/11

Comments (1)

  1. Andy

    Would be very interesting, but the resolution is so low, you can’t read anything. Shame.

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