Rahn, Frank J. Nuclear Power Division, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California.
- Fuel and Moderator
- Fuel composition
- Fuel configurations
- Heat Removal
- Reactor coolants
- Plant balance
- Fluid flow and hydrodynamics
- Thermal stress considerations
- Coolant system components
- Core Design and Materials
- Structural materials
- Fuel cladding
- Control and Instrumentation
- Control drives and systems
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A system utilizing nuclear fission in a controlled and self-sustaining manner. Neutrons are used to fission the nuclear fuel, and the fission reaction produces not only energy and radiation but also additional neutrons. Thus a neutron chain reaction ensues. A nuclear reactor provides the assembly of materials to sustain and control the neutron chain reaction, to appropriately transport the heat produced from the fission reactions, and to provide the necessary safety features to cope with the radiation and radioactive materials produced by its operation. See also: Chain reaction (physics); Nuclear fission
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