nuclear reactor, reactor(noun)
(physics) any of several kinds of apparatus that maintain and control a nuclear reaction for the production of energy or artificial elements
Any of several devices that maintain and control a sustained nuclear fission chain reaction, for the production of energy, heat, or artificial elements, or for research purposes. The main fuel sustaining the reaction and consumed by the process is typically uranium or plutonium. reactor, atomic pile, fission reactor, nuclear pile
Any device in which a controlled chain reaction is maintained for the purpose of creating heat (for power generation) or for creating neutrons and other fission products for experimental, medical or other purposes.
A nuclear reactor is a device to initiate and control a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Nuclear reactors are used at nuclear power plants for generating electricity and in propulsion of ships. Heat from nuclear fission is passed to a working fluid, which runs through turbines. These either drive a ship's propellers or turn electrical generators. Nuclear generated steam in principle can be used for industrial process heat or for district heating. Some reactors are used to produce isotopes for medical and industrial use, or for production of plutonium for weapons. Some are run only for research.
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A facility in which fissile material is used in a self-supporting chain reaction (nuclear fission) to produce heat and/or radiation for both practical application and research and development.
The numerical value of nuclear reactor in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of nuclear reactor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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This was a deliberate act to take down the nuclear reactor, and a very good way to do it.
Just yesterday, the foreign minister (of Iran) reported to me that the calandria of the plutonium nuclear reactor is now out and in the next hours it will be filled with concrete and destroyed.
There is a clear need for the generation of electricity by the nuclear reactor design to which the decision relates, because of the contribution its deployment can make to the new nuclear programme.
The design we have at the moment and the proposition we have at the moment is to put a tidal fence, which is a chain of these turbines in the Bristol Channel, and if we can build up to say ten kilometers worth, which is a very extended fence, you're looking at power outputs of five or six hundred megawatts and just to visualize that that's like one small nuclear reactor's worth of electricity being generated from the tides in the Bristol Channel.
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- مفاعل نوويArabic
- Atomreaktor, KernreaktorGerman
- reactor nuclearSpanish
- رآکتور هستهای, واکنشگاه هستهایPersian
- réacteur nucléaireFrench
- reattore nucleareItalian
- 원자로, 原子炉Korean
- reator nuclearPortuguese
- ядерный реакторRussian
- lò phản ứng hạt nhânVietnamese
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