fission reactor


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fission reactor

[′fish·ən rē‚ak·tər]
(nucleonics)
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Since a tokamak reactor would likely be tens of times larger than the containment building of a fission reactor of a comparable power level, such a building will be extremely expensive.
Hyperion Power Module is a sealed fission reactor that can supply power to a small community.
The research team led by Mahajan has combined fusion and fission in a hybrid reactor, in which neutrons generated through fusion are used to advance and augment a fission reactor. It's for the first time that a hybrid reactor has been designed.
"The Committee encourages the Office of Science's Fusion Energy Sciences Program (FES) to closely collaborate with BES, ASCR, the Office of Nuclear Energy, and NNSA, under the direction of the Under Secretary for Science, to address mutual needs for technology development in magnetic fusion, inertial fusion, and next generation fission reactor concepts.
This is a basic and non-technical explanation, and improvements to fission reactor design, regarding efficiency and safety have constantly been made.
A few hours after granting its technical green light for the construction of the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR - third-generation nuclear fission reactor) in France, the European Commission launched on 24 October an in-depth investigation to establish whether the guarantee granted by France to a 570 million loan from a syndicate of banks financing the Finnish electricity producer Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO) is compatible with EC Treaty rules on state aid.
But this mission will allow us to ask that question with some pretty sound tools." The probe will be the first in a series to rely on a fission reactor to generate electricity.
The space agency's (http://www.ibtimes.com/nasa-wants-power-future-mars-habitats-kilopower-reactor-2614801) Kilopower project is currently testing the core of a small nuclear fission reactor and according to Marc Gibson from NASA's Glenn Research Center, who is lead engineer on the project, the core would be connected to the power system later in January after which the team would carry out end-to-end checks.
JIMO was part of NASA's Project Prometheus nuclear-technology program and was to feature a Navy-built fission reactor that would provide 100 kilowatts of energy to the craft's electric-propulsion system as well as to a large battery of instruments.
There scientists discovered something startling: mineral evidence of a naturally occurring nuclear fission reactor that had spontaneously sprung to life almost 2 billion years ago and operated for hundreds of thousands of years.
In 1994, physicists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory compared the cost of the core of the then-existing ITER design to the cost of the core of the Westinghouse AP 600 advanced light-water nuclear fission reactor, an attractive new design that is perhaps the best that nuclear power has to offer for the next few decades.