Graphite for the nuclear industry

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Graphite finds applications in both fission and fusion reactors. Fission reactors harness the energy liberated when heavy elements, such as uranium or plutonium, fragment or fission''. Reactors of this type have existed for nearly 50 years. The first nuclear fission reactor, Chicago Pile No. 1, was constructed of graphite under a football stand at Stagg Field, University of Chicago. Fusion energy devices will produce power by utilizing the energy produced when isotopes of the element hydrogen are fused together to form helium, the same reaction that powers our sun. The role of graphite is very different in these two reactor ... continued below

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Burchell, T.D.; Fuller, E.L.; Romanoski, G.R. & Strizak, J.P. January 1, 1991.

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Graphite finds applications in both fission and fusion reactors. Fission reactors harness the energy liberated when heavy elements, such as uranium or plutonium, fragment or fission''. Reactors of this type have existed for nearly 50 years. The first nuclear fission reactor, Chicago Pile No. 1, was constructed of graphite under a football stand at Stagg Field, University of Chicago. Fusion energy devices will produce power by utilizing the energy produced when isotopes of the element hydrogen are fused together to form helium, the same reaction that powers our sun. The role of graphite is very different in these two reactor systems. Here we summarize the function of the graphite in fission and fusion reactors, detailing the reasons for their selection and discussing some of the challenges associated with their application in nuclear fission and fusion reactors. 10 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

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  • Workshop on coal-derived pitch, coke and graphite, Morgantown, WV (USA), 2-3 May 1991

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  • Other: DE91014572
  • Report No.: CONF-9105220-1
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5603483
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093147

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Burchell, T.D.; Fuller, E.L.; Romanoski, G.R. & Strizak, J.P. Graphite for the nuclear industry, article, January 1, 1991; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093147/: accessed June 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.