water-cooled reactor


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water-cooled reactor

[′wȯd·ər ¦küld rē′ak·tər]
(nucleonics)
A nuclear reactor in which water is used as a primary coolant.
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The Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor would operate at the critical point of water, giving it certain advantages over either pressurized or boiling water reactors.
Thus there was a need for a revised set of design and fabrication rules to facilitate the development of safe, economically competitive water-cooled reactors contained in pressure vessels.
The good safety record of inherently unsafe high-pressure water-cooled reactors has been achieved using expensive reinforced containment vessels, back-up cooling systems and a complex stringent regulatory system.
Next in line are the eleven first-generation 440 megawatt VVER water-cooled reactors, notably at Kozloduy in Bulgaria.
The company says this improves safety compared with conventional water-cooled reactors that run under pressure, leaving them liable to explosion.
The Prism reactor consumes transuranics in used nuclear fuel from water-cooled reactors, essentially turning plutonium waste into energy.
Originally chosen to fit into the cramped confines of a submarine hull, water-cooled reactors are used today in most of the world's 440 operating nuclear plants.