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How powerful is a steam locomotive?
A Big Boy locomotive along with its tender weighed about 604 tons and measured more than 132 feet (40 metres) in length. It had a maximum power capacity of more than 6,000 horsepower and could haul a 3,600-ton train unassisted up the Wasatch Mountain grade.
Could steam trains make a comeback?
True, there is little or no chance of steam trains replacing electric and diesel trains on our modern rail network. Steam trains are travelling once again along 500 miles of preserved and re-laid track, which runs in parallel to the modern network.
Is it legal to build a fission reactor?
While they might un-nerve the neighbours, fusion reactors of this kind are perfectly legal in the US. During fusion, energy is released as atomic nuclei are forced together at high temperatures and pressures to form larger nuclei.
Is nuclear fusion better than fission?
Fusion occurs when two atoms slam together to form a heavier atom, like when two hydrogen atoms fuse to form one helium atom. This is the same process that powers the sun and creates huge amounts of energy—several times greater than fission. It also doesn’t produce highly radioactive fission products.
What’s the most powerful locomotive ever built?
Novocherkassk 4E5K for Russian Railways, 17,838 horsepower All hail Mother Russia: with 17,838 horsepower, the Novocherkassk 4E5K locomotive is the most powerful in the world.
Which is the most powerful locomotive?
|Union Pacific 9000 class||Union Pacific||4,750 horsepower (3,542 kW)|
|Challenger||Union Pacific||5,000 horsepower (3,728 kW)|
|Big Boy||Union Pacific||6,290 horsepower (4,690 kW)|
|Yellowstone||Northern Pacific DM&IR B&O Railroad||6,250 horsepower (4,661 kW)|
What is the biggest steam locomotive ever built?
At more than 130 feet long — longer than two city buses — and 560 tons in weight, the “Big Boy” locomotives are generally accepted as the largest steam locomotives ever built anywhere, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
How illegal is it to build a nuclear reactor?
Deregulation of electricity prices in some states in the 1990s led to greater concentration in nuclear power production. In 1976, a voter referendum in California led to a law that prohibited the construction of new nuclear plants in the nation’s largest state and the prohibition still remains in effect.
Can a nuclear fusion reactor explode?
A fusion reactor will not explode, it uses plasma to generate heat and so can’t explode. If a hole was cut in the reactor during an ongoing confinement, the plasma would quickly cool off. Theoretically, we still haven’t built any fusion reactors yet.
Would fusion be safer than fission?
Fusion: inherently safe but challenging Unlike nuclear fission, the nuclear fusion reaction in a tokamak is an inherently safe reaction. This is why fusion is still in the research and development phase – and fission is already making electricity.
Why is nuclear fusion more powerful than nuclear fission?
Fusion only produces more energy than it consumes in small nuclei (in stars, Hydrogen & its isotopes fusing into Helium). The energy per event is greater (in these examples) in fission, but the energy per nucleon (fusion = about 7 MeV/nucleon, fission = about 1 Mev/nucleon) is much greater in fusion.