Fission Power Station GCSE P2

Fuel rods contain mostly , and only about 2-3% fissionable 3% . This has been “enriched” to contain more than naturally occurring uranium, which has only around 1%. Control rods absorb neutrons to avoid an escalating chain reaction. The depth of the control rods determines the rate of the reaction; the optimum depth is such that with each fission reaction, only one neutron goes on to produce a further fission reaction. The moderator is there to slow down the neutrons. If they are travelling too fast they cannot cause fission. The coolant takes thermal energy away from the reactor and towards the generator.

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Fission Power Station GCSE P2

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