- Energy released in a nuclear reactor from fission.
- The Nucleus of an atom splits into two smaller nuclei, releasing seveveral neutrons and causing fissionable nuclei to split.
- This Produces a chain reaction of events.
- For fission to occur the uranium 235 or plutonium 239 must absorb a neutron.
- consists of uranium rods spaced evenly in the reactor core.
- MODERATOR- slows down free neutron, making them easier to be absorbed by the Uranium 235 nuclei. Water usually used.
- CONTROL RODS- These absorb excess neutrons making sure that the reaction does not get out of control. Boron used.
- HEAT- the moderator gets hot from the energy it absorbs from the neutrons. The heat is used to heat water which makes steam to turn a generator and makes electricity.
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