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Radioactive element used in nuclear power plants?


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2014-08-27 00:00:45
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Uranium is the radioactive element used in nuclear power plants these days. This element has a very high energy content.

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Yes, the radioactive decay of Uranium-235 is used to produce power in nuclear power plants.

A radioactive element is an element that emits radiation due to instability. They are commercially used in the generation of electricity in nuclear power plants and home smoke detectors among other things.

Most commonly, the fuel at a nuclear power station is uranium or is made from uranium.

Nuclear Power Plants are used to help generate electricity. The advantages of Nuclear Power Plants are the efficiency and low immediate pollution. The disadvantages are the radioactive waste and possibility of a meltdown.

Nuclear power plants use the heat from the radioactive decay of Uranium or other radioactive atoms to boil water and make steam to run electrical generators.

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.

The element that can stay radioactive for millions of years is plutonium. This is where most nuclear power plant energy comes from.

The release of radioactive substances in the atmosphere leads to radioactive pollution. Only the radioactive wastes cause the radioactive pollution. Nuclear material is pure and they are not the factor for causing radioactive pollution. The waste discarded improperly only causes radioactive pollution.The following causes the radioactive pollution in high rangeNuclear power plantsCoal fired power plantsUranium plantsThe above said power plants release radioactive wastes to the atmosphere. During their release or transportation of radioactive wastes, the radioactive pollution occurs.

xenon is usually a waste product of nuclear reactors and although has power not that much

It contains a higher amount of radioactivity

nuclear, produce radioactive waste but keep it contained in the core as long as the plant operates properlycoal fired, do not produce radioactive waste but emit both ash and smoke which contain radioactive uranium that was naturally present in the coalother types, neither produce nor emit anything radioactive___________________________________________________________Coal fired power plants release radioactive materials 100 times that of nuclear power plants of the same rated power.

U-235 isotope. (That is, of Uranium. It is a radioactive element.) The atoms are stocked in fuel rods, and the fission begins!

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The biggest disadvantage of nuclear power is the waste generated. This waste is highly radioactive and lasts for a long time.

A nuclear resource is a special element that is ran through a nuclear reactor to power or propel and object. It is an object that appears as if it is radioactive or made from a nuclear element ran through reactors or still running .

Most nuclear power plants use uranium-235 as their fuel, in a concentration of around 4% to 5% enrichment, in combination with uranium-238, at 96% to 95%. A few nuclear power reactors can use plutonium or thorium as fuel. Any element above lead and bismuth will radioactively decay but Uranium 235 (U235) is used almost exclusively for controlled nuclear fission. uranium 235 is refined and "enriched" from uranium 238 which is what about 99% of uranium found turns out to be. In principle, any radioactive element could be used as fuel, but almost all existing nuclear power plants get their energy from the fission of Uranium, Plutonium, and Thorium. Many other elements play supporting roles at nuclear power plants; see the related question "What elements are used at nuclear power plants?".

Yes, nuclear weapons can be scrapped. The radioactive materials can be used in nuclear power plants.

The exact contents of radioactive waste from a nuclear power plant and radioactive fallout from a nuclear weapon can vary widely but are likely to be similar in their primary isotopes.The major difference between the radioactive waste from a nuclear power plant and radioactive fallout from a nuclear weapon is that the waste is normally contained and will not enter the environment (unless an accident happens) while the fallout is dispersed into the environment and is carried by the wind (sometimes all the way around the world multiple times).

No, nuclear power plants get their energy from fissionof the heavy element uranium, the sun gets its energy from fusion of the light element hydrogen.

they store it until it becomes less radioactive

Uranium is very important as a nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants. But uranium is toxic and radioactive.

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