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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