Vintage Cutaways Show the Nuclear Reactors of Our Past (and Present)

Wall-art-worthy cutaways of European, American, and Asian nuclear reactors

The Wylfa reactor, in North Wales, benefits from the cooling effect of the wind in its remote coastal location. It became operational in 1971 and is currently the only working nuclear plant in Wales. Full image here. Flickr User Peacay

The University of New Mexico discovered a treasure trove of old cutaway schematics of nuclear reactors, dating back as much as 50 years, in the pages of Nuclear Engineering International. If you’re interested in nuclear power (or how stuff works) and are looking for some art to hang on your walls, we’ve got you covered.

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These reactors were built between around 1960 and 1980, typically, and they’ve gone through some pretty amazing stuff. Some of them are still in use today, one of them is responsible for the worst nuclear accident in its nation’s history, and some of them were shut down in the ensuing decades. You can check out the entire UNM archive here, if you’re so inclined, or check out our gallery.

[BibliOdyssey via Boing Boing]

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