Vintage Cutaway Drawings Offer a Peek into Nuclear Reactors of Yesteryear

By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 22nd, 2011

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/22/11
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