subcritical reactor

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subcritical reactor

[¦səb′krid·ə·kəl rē′ak·tər]
(nucleonics)
A reactor having an effective multiplication constant of less than one, so that a self-supporting chain reaction cannot be maintained. Also known as subcritical assembly; teaching reactor.
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