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When the nucleus (not the atom) splits, the fragments fly off with kinetic energy. With U-235 about 200 MeV is released per fission, which is not much, but a lot of fissions are happening every second. Most of this energy goes into kinetic energy of the fragments, which are quickly stopped in the surrounding uranium fuel rods, and hence appears as heat. If you are not familiar with this energy conversion, imagine a space capsule entering the atmosphere, it is slowed down and gets very hot as a result.

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The nuclear fission results in mass defect that manifests, itself as energy (or heat), according to the famous relation:

Energy = mass x (light speed) 2.

Heat also results from the radioactive decay of the fission fragments coming out from the fission process and the radioactive decay of some trans-uranium produced in the nuclear fuel.

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When the neutron splits apart the uranium, it releases energy in the form of heat.

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