El Diablo Cazador De Hombres
- Sep 26, 2011
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They were unaware of it because it was kept from the training of operators. You cannot completely fault Akimov for hitting the oh shit button to scram the reactor, as in his mind that SHOULD shut the reactor down. Dyatlov should have known it's out of limits to perform the test with the reactor at such low power, but it was clearly HIS orders which led Akimov to his actions. Some documentaries really slam the water pump operator (I forget his name) and Akimov as dunces, but they were only trying to please Dyatlov.Operator error put them in a position where the emergency scram button caused an explosion. They lost control of the reactor prior to that and also ignored regulations that required a minimum number of control rods be inserted at all times. Under normal circumstances, if they scram the reactor, they get a temporary slight increase in power before it drops off. Due to operator error, they were in position where it was a massive surge. But they also seemed unaware of the xenon issue that caused the original power surge, which is even more operator error.
Besides in Soviet Russia, reactors control you!