Fusion and Fission

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What is the fuels used in Nuclear Fission?
Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239
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What happens in Nuclear Fission?
The nucleus splits into two smaller nuclei, two or three neutrons are releases as well as some energy
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What is Nuclear Fusion?
Nuclear fusion involves two atomic nuclei joining to make a large nucleus. Energy is released when this happens.
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An example of this would be....(hydrogen and helium)
A hyrdogen-1 nucleus is made of 1 proton. This can combine with a hydrogen-2 nucleus (which has one proton and one neutron) to form a new nucleus with two protons and one neutron. This is the nucleus of helium-3. So helium-3 has been formed by fusing
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What happens inside Nuclear Power stations?
A atomic nuclei split up and release energy in the form of heat, which is then used to heat water to make steam and drives the turbine connected to the electricty generator.
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What to the contol rods do inside the power station?
The control rods are made of boron which absorbs some of the neutrons so fewer neutrons are available to split uranium nuclei.
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