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#7 - ThekidsTEN (05/02/2013) [-]
You know not how a nuclear power plant works. You are correct in saying that water is heated up by the splitting of uranium, but the water is highly irradiated, so the heat is then transferred to another channel of water via conduction through pipes. This heated water (now steam) turns a turbine (not "'magnet' like") to generate electricity. This water is too hot to recycle, so the heat from this loop is sent to a third cycle of water which is normally pumped up from a local lake or river. Once the water from the second cycle looses most of it's heat, it is pumped through a condenser and reheated. The cooling towers are releasing the water from the third cycle, which is actually a huge water of energy. Slap another turbine in the third cycle before releasing the steam and you make more energy. Also a turbine is a magnet spinning in a coil of wire to induce current (not cause an induced current, that is redundant)
turbines are spun using pressure from steam, not "air rising"; Water that is released isn't from the reactor chamber, about 50% right with the definition of turbine

#8 to #7 - fefe (05/03/2013) [-]
You described a pressurized water reactor.

There's another type of light water reactor called boiling water reactor, where the primary water that goes through the core actually boils and spins the turbine.

Still, the vapor from the cooling towers is not irradiated.
And btw, not only nuclear power plants use cooling towers but regular coal burning ones too..
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