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molten-salt reactor

[¦mōlt·ən ¦sȯlt rē′ak·tər]
(nucleonics)
A nuclear reactor in which the fissile and fertile material, in the form of fluoride salts, is dissolved in the coolant, which is a molten mixture of salts such as lithium fluoride and beryllium fluoride. Abbreviated MSR. Also known as fused-salt reactor.
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The six energy systems to be developed involve, specifically, developing a gas-cooled fast reactor, a lead alloy liquid metal-cooled reactor, a molten salt reactor, a sodium liquid metal-cooled reactor, a supercritical water-cooled reactor, and a very high temperature gas reactor, Abraham said.
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He has served on many committees of the National Research Council and has chaired programs for "Chemical Processes in Severe Nuclear Reactor Accidents," and for the "Remediation of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment.
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