Functions of nuclear reactors?
One of the primary functions of a nuclear reactor is to maintain a chain reaction. Also, nuclear reactors are meant to provide a steady flow of neutrons.
All current nuclear reactors are fission reactors, tritium has no function in a fission reactor, in standard water moderated reactors deuterium also has no function, in heavy water moderated reactors deuterium is the moderator. If we are ever able to make a fusion reactor, deuterium/tritium mix will be used as fuel.
Primarily, nuclear reactors are used to generate heat, which is used to flash water to steam, which is used to spin turbines, which are used to generate electricity. It is also possible to use reactors for research, as well as for weapons development, such as in the generation of weapons grade Plutonium-239.
Nuclear reactors: they are made to make energy they store energy Nuclear bombs: they are meant to destroyy they dont store energy but spread it Nuclear reactors produce exactly one additional fission for each fission reaction while nuclear bombs don't. Nuclear bombs are runaway fission reactions and reactors aren't.
The primary use of nuclear reactors is to produce electricity, which is the only way to use nuclear energy on a large scale. Small reactors are used for research, and are also used to produce radioisotopes for medical and industrial use. Reactors are also used to power some naval vessels and submarines. Reactors have also been used to produce plutonium and tritium needed to make nuclear weapons.
Isotopes are formed either naturally through radioactive decay of elements or artificially through element irradiation by particles as neutrons, protons, electrons, or alpha particles in accelerators or nuclear reactors through nuclear fission or nuclear fusion reactions in nuclear reactors. supernovas particle accelerators nuclear reactors nuclear explosions radioactive decay