Wigner energy

Wigner energy

[′wig·nər ‚en·ər·jē]
(nucleonics)
Energy that is stored in graphite structures forming part of a nuclear reactor when carbon atoms in the graphite are displaced by bombarding neutrons.
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Irradiated graphite accumulates energy known as Wigner energy, which caused the UK's worst nuclear accident in 1957.