U.S. nuke design could help Japan
The earthquake and tsunami exceeded the design basis of the plant
Though designed to withstand a 7.9 (Richter scale) earthquake, Japan’s Daiichi nuclear power plant survived a 9.0 earthquake – a once every 300-years event – and backup diesel power performed as expected, until the tsunami mixed seawater with the diesel fuel, said North Carolina State University Nuclear Engineering Professor Paul Turinsky.
The earthquake and tsunami exceeded the design basis of the plant, he said.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.