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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The idea for this accelerator-driven subcritical reactor (ADSR), as it is known, has been sitting on nuclear physicists' drawing-boards for the past 20 years.
Technically, Myrrha is a multifunctional lead-bismuth-cooled subcritical reactor with an accelerator-driven system for the incineration of radioactive waste.
The accelerator-driven subcritical reactor (ADSR) employs an external neutron source and operates at a steady power level.