Nuclear Reactor Cores
“What is the beating heart of a nuclear reactor?”
Nuclear energy generation is one of the most prolific sources of energy, powering 11% of the world’s electricity. However, what exactly drives all of it? Well, nuclear fuel rods are heated up in a Nuclear Reactor Core, which allows the water to be heated up into steam while keeping the exterior environment safe from nuclear radiation. If the nuclear reactor core fails, then the radiation from the nuclear control rods can be released into the external environment and cause lethal destruction, as in the case of Chernobyl.
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High-level Nuclear Waste
“What is the highest level of nuclear waste?”
During nuclear power generation, the energy in the fuel rods will become used up. Although it will no longer be effective in creating electricity, it will still be extremely radioactive. The most dangerous form of this is known as High-level Nuclear Waste. High-level nuclear waste must be carefully isolated in strong containers such as water entrapment systems to prevent any form of leakage.
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Nuclear Waste Management
“How can we manage radioactive waste?”
Nuclear power is one of the most hefty and carbon-free sources of energy on the planet. However, they also produce large amounts of nuclear waste which is not only deadly to human health but also does not stop being radioactive for tens of thousands of years! As a result, nuclear power operators will need to grapple with Nuclear Waste Management. This includes isolating the byproduct and designing containers such that no radiation escapes.
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