The Case for Breeding

Zinn, Walter H.
June 1953
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Jun1953, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p169
This article examines the fundamental design specifications of the central-station nuclear reactor. It discusses the four principal technical problems confronting the reactor designer. First is the choice of heat-transfer systems including the choice of media for carrying the heat generated by the fission process in the reactor to a turbo-generator unit to make electricity. The second problem refers to the choice of materials of construction and their stability under the conditions of intense irradiation inside a nuclear reactor. The third problem deals with the chemical processing of the irradiated fuels of the reactor. The fourth problem refers to the choice of plant location.


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