fast breeder reactor

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fast breeder reactor

[′fast ′brēd·ər rē‚ak·tər]
(nucleonics)
A type of fast reactor using highly enriched fuel in the core, fertile material in the blanket, and a liquid-metal coolant, such as sodium; high-speed neutrons fission the fuel in the compact core, and the excess neutrons convert fertile material to fissionable isotopes; the breeding ratio is 1.0 or larger. Abbreviated FBR.
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They begin by debunking popular misconceptions regarding global warming, the hydrogen economy, and the plutonium economy.
The first is "immobilisation", which consists of vitrifying and storing weapons grade plutonium in order to discourage the creation of a plutonium economy and to restrict its mobility and thereby combat proliferation.
We're supposed to be reducing the threat of proliferation, but by going the mixed-oxide fuel route, we're laying the foundation for a plutonium economy in the future," says Makhijani.

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