On the recommendation of a respected commenter, I have segregated a topic that was originally introduced as an afterthought at the end of another post.
Advanced nuclear technology developers, since we are starting an industry almost from scratch, should choose international (S.I.) units of measure at project development initiation. Some people who are interested in the technology but not active in the industry find it almost unbelievable that anyone has to make this recommendation. They assume that the action was taken long ago.
My experience tells me otherwise.
Ask an experience Areva or Westinghouse engineer or project manager to help you understand the enormous costs of converting nuclear plant designs from U.S. to S.I. units or vice versa.
Reject any advice received from Bechtel or other construction contractors to use U.S. units in order to ensure that their antiquated computer systems remain functional.
My guess is that the real aim of that kind of advice is to make work and require change orders in order to be ready for both domestic and international sales. Nuclear technology should be developed for the largest possible world market and to minimize the chances and potential consequences of silly “unit conversion” errors.
That’s enough from me. The floor is now open for commentary and questions. I’ll start by moving a few comments from the post from which this discussion was removed.