Heterogeneous Reactor

heterogeneous reactor

[‚hed·ə·rə′jē·nē·əs rē′ak·tər]
A nuclear reactor in which fissionable material and moderator are arranged in a regular pattern of discrete bodies with dimensions such that a nonhomogeneous medium is presented to neutrons.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Heterogeneous Reactor


a nuclear reactor that is constructed to isolate the fuel from the other elements and materials of the core.

The presence of heat-releasing elements, such as fuel assemblies and fuel channels, is an indication of the heterogeneous nature of a reactor. The heat-releasing elements can be of the most diverse shapes in construction (plates, for example, or rods of round, cruciform, or annular cross section), but in every case there is a sharp boundary in the heterogeneous reactor between the nuclear fuel, the moderator, and the coolant.

In practice, the vast majority of nuclear reactors of all possible types and purposes are heterogeneous. This broad distribution of heterogeneous reactors is due to their vastly greater constructional and technological advantages in comparison to homogeneous reactors.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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