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It says that the minimum amount of pure uranium(U-235) needed to cause a chain reaction is about 50 kg. It is called the Super Critical Mass. But because pure uranium is rare or dificult to make, usually the scientists will need more then 50 kg.
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Uranium is used as nuclear fuel.
You are probably thinking of nuclear fusion which will use deuterium and tritium (both isotopes of hydrogen) if it can ever be made a practical technology
A nuclear power plant does use uranium as fuel It "burns" it in the nuclear sense not the chemical sense
A large PWR or BWR will contain about 75 tonnes of uranium fuel, and will change roughly 25 tonnes every refuelling outage which is about every two years.
Yes, it is used
Uranium (as metal, dioxide, carbide, etc.) is the nuclear fuel for nuclear power reactors; plutonium is obtained also from uranium 238 and thorium 232 generate uranium 233.
Uranium is a radioactive substance. Nuclear power production is carried out by the energy supplied by nuclear reactors. Nuclear reactors control the energy emission by nuclear… fission reaction in radioactive substance when bombarded by neutrons.
The mass of uranium needed for a nuclear power reactor depend on the type and the power of this reactor. For a medium size reactor - 100 t.
Depending on: - the type of the nuclear reactor - the electrical power of the nuclear reactor - the type of the nuclear fuel - the enrichment of uranium - the estima…ted burnup of the nuclear fuel etc.
Either Uranium or Plutonium.
As other metals uranium is mined and then refined.
Uranium is used as nuclear fuel in nuclear power plants because the fission of uranium atom release a formidable quantity of energy.
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Plutonium is an alternative; thorium as fertile material.
Uranium-235 atoms release an enormous quantity of energy (202,5 MeV per atom) during nuclear fission with thermal neutrons; this energy can be converted in electricity or heat….
U-235 is the fissionable isotope that produces the power. Reactor fuel usually contains about 5% of this, the rest being U-238