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Old 12-14-2020, 09:41 AM   #18
Fred Brackin
 
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Default Re: [Vehicles] How big should a self-destruct be?

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Yet another technical question: Assuming that metastable nuclear isomers can, in fact, be stored and can also be detonated on command, is there any reasonable way to take your pile of the things and use them to generate electricity? And what'd be the most reasonable model - non-rechargeable battery, RTG, explosive-fuelled internal combustion engine...?
You want your metastable whatsits to fission because at least with the sort of uranium fission we're familiar with 94% of the energy is in the form of heacy charged fragments of the nuclei. When your options are gamma rays, neutrons and charged particles you want the last because it turns into heat readily.

so you could use these things to fuel more than one sort of heat engine as long as the radiation of not 94% isn't too bad.
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