A World Without Chernobyl

Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Reliant121 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:25 pm

To be quite honest, I would never drive anything that ostentatious and...flat.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Sionnach Glic » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:27 pm

I like it. It's nice and sleek.
Unless you mean the Ford Nucleon. In which case I agree completely that it's hideous.

I'm curious, are nuclear-powered cars a realistic possibility? You always hear about people suggesting biofuels and hydrogen as alternative ways of powering cars, but can we not harness the power of the atom for such a task?

And while we're on vehicles, could a nuke-powered plane be a possibility?
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Reliant121 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:29 pm

I think its just about making it efficient at that small size.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Nickswitz » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:45 pm

Not really a problem to make it smaller, I think the problem would be people walking around in lead suits worried about growing an extra head. :bangwall:

I think it would be a perfectly reasonable idea, I mean they need to use something more than just gas sooner or later, ok later, but still.

Also we have to worry about people who will start blaming everything that goes wrong in the world on the nuclear cars. (they get a :bangwall: too)

But I do think it would be possible, at this day and age, I would strongly advise against it, because no one in the world but us would buy it. Plus the problem with nuclear waste, I mean we would have to put the spent nuclear rods(or whatever they use) somewhere.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Sionnach Glic » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:05 pm

Well, again I was talking about a hypothetical world where anti-nuclear hysteria didn't exist. Would nuclear cars exist, or perhaps even be common, by now in such a world?

Nickswitz wrote:But I do think it would be possible, at this day and age, I would strongly advise against it, because no one in the world but us would buy it. Plus the problem with nuclear waste, I mean we would have to put the spent nuclear rods(or whatever they use) somewhere.


We could always use something like these for power. They're pretty safe. And I can't imagine they'd produce all that much nuclear waste.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tyyr » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:26 pm

The car thing isn't really workable. The shielding will weigh a ton and greatly hinder performance not to mention with the way American's drive I don't really think you want every one of them having a nuclear reactor in the back seat. Nuclear powered aircraft are possible and considered from time to time by the military and NASA.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Aaron » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:47 pm

Yeah a car is pretty unlikely given the need for shielding. IIRC the B-29 (or was it the B-36) they built with a reactor proved to be impractical as well because of the shielding.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tyyr » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:48 pm

B-36, though it only carried a reactor aloft, it wasn't set up to power the aircraft.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Lighthawk » Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:10 pm

Sionnach Glic wrote:Actually, it's a Cadillac. And it's pretty sexy.

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...why are the wheels made of a series of hoops?
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Sionnach Glic » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:02 pm

There are actually 16 wheels in total. Four per "wheel". I've no idea why.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tsukiyumi » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:07 pm

If one pops, the other ones will keep the car going?
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Lighthawk » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:13 pm

Sionnach Glic wrote:There are actually 16 wheels in total. Four per "wheel". I've no idea why.


Style? It certainly can't be a performance thing.

Tsukiyumi wrote:If one pops, the other ones will keep the car going?


The only place that car is going is in a straight line on a flat stretch. The traction on those wheels has to be shit.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Mikey » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:15 pm

This is only a guess, but it's probably for the same reason why typical car wheels aren't solid - weight savings. For whatever reason - weight imbalance, lack of overall weight, whatever - it was probably deemed preferrable to have a fairly wide footprint where the rubber meets the road. Wider wheel = heavier wheel.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Lighthawk » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:25 pm

Mikey wrote:This is only a guess, but it's probably for the same reason why typical car wheels aren't solid - weight savings. For whatever reason - weight imbalance, lack of overall weight, whatever - it was probably deemed preferrable to have a fairly wide footprint where the rubber meets the road. Wider wheel = heavier wheel.


I guess. I can't claim to be a car expert, so it certainly could be something like that.

It would be a bitch trying to find replacements at your local shop though.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Mikey » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:14 pm

Lighthawk wrote:It would be a bitch trying to find replacements at your local shop though.


Trying to find chromed out rizzies with spinners, maybe - if the car goes into production, Cadillac will be happy to make wheels (and everything else) readily available. The margin in OEM car parts if far higher than the margin in selling the car. In fact, cars have some of the lowest margins (as a percentage of price) of any retail item.

Yet, for some reason, the dickheads who would never think of trying to haggle for toilet paper or televisions think they have some G-d-given right to get ridiculous discounts off of MRP on a car...
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