The other source of vector is the reaction between the zirconium and water.
The zirconium alloy will react with water to produce hydrogen and oxide, but it also produces heat that has to be removed.
He specialized in research and development in zirconium products, and allegedly had distant ties to Iran.
zirconium zir·co·ni·um (zûr-kō'nē-əm)
A strong ductile metallic element obtained primarily from zircon. Atomic number 40; atomic weight 91.22; melting point 1,855°C; boiling point 4,409°C; specific gravity 6.51 (20°C); valence 2, 3, 4.
A shiny, grayish-white metallic element that occurs primarily in zircon. It is used to build nuclear reactors because of its ability to withstand bombardment by neutrons even at high temperatures. Zirconium is also highly resistant to corrosion, making it a useful component of pumps, valves, and alloys. Atomic number 40; atomic weight 91.22; melting point 1,852°C; boiling point 4,377°C; specific gravity 6.56 (20°C); valence 2, 3, 4. See Periodic Table.