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Which element is used for fuel in most nuclear power plants?


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2012-04-11 15:06:39
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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?".

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Uranium, typically enriched to ~3% Uranium-235.

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

Nuclear power plants are plants to produce electricity through use of steam produced by the nuclear energy obtained from nuclear fission of the used nuclear fuel.

Nuclear power means electricity generation using heat from nuclear fission in the nuclear fuel in nuclear power plants. Refer to question below.

Uranium is used as the nuclear fuel in nuclear power plants. Uranium, unusally in the form of its oxide, is welded into fuel rods or plates, and the rods or plates are welded together in bundles.

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

Uranium is used as nuclear fuel in nuclear power plants because the fission of uranium atom release a formidable quantity of energy.

Yes, uranium is the most important nuclear fuel.

Yes, plutonium is a very important nuclear fuel.

Uranium is now the most important nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants.

Any element capable of undergoing nuclear fission are used as fuel in a nuclear power plant. Most commonly used elements are Uranium, Plutonium.

No, chromium has no fissile properties for use as fuel

Uranium (or plutonium) is a source of energy (nuclear fuel) in nuclear power plants.

They use coal, oil, or natural gas as fuel instead of uranium

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.

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

Power plants fall into two categoiries, These and their fuel sources are:Thermal Power Plantscoaloilnatural gasbiomassNuclear Power PlantsUraniumThorium (under investigation)

Nuclear power plants don't emit greenhouse gases, need little fuel to generate a lot of power, and can produce electricity continuously.

Nuclear power is NOT a fossil fuel.

Uranium mostly, sometimes a mixture with plutonium

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

uranium and plutonium are the two most commonly used fuels in nuclear power plants. when i first looked it up using this site, it completely failed. after finding my answer on Wikipedia i came back here to enrich the site's knowledge and help others

Because there is a very large amount of energy in their fuel.

The source of heat used to flash water into steam. In a nuclear power plant, it is nuclear fission. In a fossil fuel plant, it is the burning of the fossil fuel. The rest of the plant is fundamentally similar, although each type of plant is optimized for its own steam supply system.

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