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  1. #1 Size of a nuclear reactor... 
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    Sorry for asking such a stupid question but I need an answer for this!!!

    So, the question is "how many people can fit into a nuclear reactor?"
    I'm asking for the nuclear reactors that is being used for commercial purpose(generating electricity).

    Thanks for your helping!!!!


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    How big is the reactor?


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    how big are the people?
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    And what do you mean by "in" the reactor?
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    Do you mean converting it's entire volume into that more beffiting to human shape, or just in it's natural design
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    The people should be in whole or can be fractured?
    where are we? what are we?
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    Oh, don't be so brutal..... I just wanted to ask about the size of the inner of a nuclear reactor. A usual reactor designed for commercial use(like the one in Chernobil)! I don't need special and an extremelly smart answer, just round about!

    Sorry for this really stupid question!!
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    i'm sure the best answer in this case would come from experiment, guiness world records style experiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lieobry
    Oh, don't be so brutal..... I just wanted to ask about the size of the inner of a nuclear reactor. A usual reactor designed for commercial use(like the one in Chernobil)! I don't need special and an extremelly smart answer, just round about!

    Sorry for this really stupid question!!
    Well according to what i can find about the "average" reactor core it can fit into a 2m by 2m room which might give you a feel for the size of the thing inside.

    Finding out the actual schematics is not an easy task, as most reactor designs are propriety according to what i can work out.
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    As long as the people are actually placed in the reactor, then thousands. Most of your mass would be quickly reduced to a few sq cms.

    'If' one means what's the equivalent volume of mass of a reactor to the human body then...who knows. are you talking folks from Alabama or pygmies? which, by he way, is the 'average' reactor....there are different systems and configurations. Some based on Plutonium, others enriched uranium and so so.

    Your question is like'how many people can fit in a store?' shoe store or Walmart?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lieobry
    Sorry for asking such a stupid question but I need an answer for this!!!

    So, the question is "how many people can fit into a nuclear reactor?"
    I'm asking for the nuclear reactors that is being used for commercial purpose(generating electricity).

    Thanks for your helping!!!!
    I suppose you could fit the population of an entire third world country in there if you was to throw in a loaf of bread.
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    An AP 1000 reactor vessel has a cylindrical height of 13 meters and inner diameter of 4 meters and a reactor vessel volume of 7000 cubic feet. The containment building is 75 feet high with a radius of 122.5 feet. This is the newest Westinghouse design for a 1000 megawatt reactor.
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