Atomic-Pile Heat Warms Buildings (May, 1952)

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Atomic-Pile Heat Warms Buildings
From an atomic “furnace” that will need “stoking” only once in 30 years, British engineers are taking heat to warm the radiators of 80 offices. The experimental atomic pile is located at Harwell, Britain’s atomic-research station. About 180,-000 cubic feet of air per minute are used in cooling the pile, and the engineers decided this hot air could be put to work heating near-by buildings. Now the high-temperature air is passed through heat exchangers which transmit the heat to water. The heat is transferred to a secondary circuit which passes through conventional radiators in the buildings.

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  1. [...] (click below to read the original article at Modern Mechanix) Atomic-Pile Heat Warms Buildings From an atomic “furnace” that will need “stoking” only once in 30 years, British engineers are taking heat to warm the radiators of 80 offices. The experimental atomic pile is located at Harwell, Britain’s atomic-research station. About 180,-000 cubic feet of air per minute are used in cooling the pile, and the engineers decided this hot air could be put to work heating near-by buildings. Now the high-temperature air is passed through heat exchangers which transmit the heat to water. The heat is transferred to a secondary circuit which passes through conventional radiators in the buildings. [...]

  2. Jeffery Wright says: October 24, 20078:37 am

    How could this article possible fail to mention radiation exposure at all? What about that “used air”? What makes it used? Radiation?

  3. Landtat says: December 10, 20075:24 am

    I had Atomic Piles once. My wife left me because my glowing anus would keep her awake :P

  4. blokeice says: December 17, 200911:41 am

    This method not only cuts down on heating bills, but all you have to do is paint the walls with glow in the dark paint and you will never have to pay for electric lighting either.

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