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A metallic element used in control rods in nuclear power plants?


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2014-08-21 22:22:49
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A metallic element used in control rods in nuclear power plants is cadmium. This element is used for slowing down the reaction rates for nuclear fission.

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The critical element at a nuclear power plant is the element used as fuel, which we discuss in a related question (see "Which element is used for fuel in most nuclear power plants?"). The fuel is usually uranium or (less often) plutonium and thorium. However, many other elements play supporting roles, such as: oxygen (O): A few nuclear power plants use pure metallic U as fuel, but in most nuclear power plants, the fuel is uranium in the form of uranium dioxide UO2, which can stay solid at a much higher temperature than metallic U. zirconium (Zr): most nuclear reactors hold the fuel in tubes of zirconium alloy, which has a low neutron cross section (it goes brittle less rapidly than stainless steel used in older nuclear power plants) and is corrosion-resistant. boron, and carbon Cadmium is used in reactors as control rods to slow the rate of chemical reaction. Hydrogen and oxygen are found in the heavy water that moderates the rate of nuclear reation. Lead is sometimes used in the radiation shields. In some models of reactor, liquid sodium is used as a heat exchanger.

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Uranium, in most plants. Some plants have used plutonium. Technology is being developed to use thorium as fuel in nuclear plants.

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