Nuclear power generation

Nuclear power generation

Nuclear power generation

02/12/17

“How exactly is Nuclear power generated?”
We hear about nuclear power very frequently in our lives. However, how exactly does it work? Well, to start let’s look at the process. The fundamentals of nuclear power start with two elements, uranium-238 and uranium 235. U238 composes the majority of uranium in a nuclear power plant, but perhaps the most important of the two is u235. Uranium 235 is very unstable and will decompose rapidly through nuclear fission. When U235 decomposes, it’s neutrons will be thrust throughout space. When these neutrons collide with U238, the element will be shattered into a stream of different particles, which will hit other elements. This quickly sets up a chain reaction which produces a large amount of heat. This heat is then used to boil water to generate steam to move a turbine which generates electricity.

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