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CHERNOBYL AZ-5 why it exploded

An easy to follow explanation of why Chernobyl’s RBMK reactor exploded with carefully modelled 3d animation and not going overboard on reactor physics.

The role of the AZ-5 emergency shutdown button The end effect design flaw
Xenon poisoning
The actions of Anatoly Dyatlov.
Graphite moderater.

The reactor lid “Elena” or upper biological shield is shown being thrown by the explosion.

The main systems are explained, reactor, coolant circulation pumps, steam separators and turbine generators.

The control room is visualized and location of the AZ-5 button is shown.

The explosion scene has been simulated and recreated. There is no footage so it’s my best guess of what the explosion looked like.

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