Nuclear Reactor Materials and Fuels
Definition of the Subject
Nuclear fuel materials
Nuclear clad materials
Nuclear coolant materials
Nuclear poison materials
Nuclear moderator materials
Nuclear structural materials
The materials unique to nuclear reactors are the nuclear fuel materials. All the other materials are used in other applications. Because nuclear fuel materials are radioactive, they require specialized handling. Additionally, because of the connection of nuclear energy with the atom bomb, security in its tightest form is required for nuclear fuel.
Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Materials and Fuels
The first nuclear reactor was the famous “Chicago Pile” (CP-1) which was built under the west stands of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago on a squash court and went critical on December 2, 1942. The first nuclear materials were uranium in both a metal and an oxide form as the fuel, carbon in a graphite as the moderator, atmospheric...
KeywordsGraphite Zirconium Carbide Lithium Cadmium
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