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Lecture’Notes ’ Nuclear’Power’Plants ’ Parts’ Nuclear’reactor ’ o The’nuclear’part’of’a’nuclear’power’plant o A’steel’vessel’in’which’a’controlled’chain’reaction’of’fissionable’ material’releases’energy. ’ o The’most’popular’design’is’called’a’pressurized’light -water’rea ctor’ o The’fissionable’material’is’enriched’3’percent’uranium -235’and’97’ percent’uranium -238’that’have’been’fabricated’in’the’form’of’small’ ceramic’pellets.’ ’ Fuel’Rods ’ o The’pellets’are’encased’in’a’long’zirconium’alloy’tube’ o Locking’collars,’arranged’to’permi t’pressurized’water’to’flow’around’ each’fuel’rod,’locks’the’fuel’rods’into’a’fuel’road’assembly.’ Control’Rods ’ o Constructed’of’materials,’such’as’cadmium,’that’absorbs’neutrons.’ o
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