Every useful process does leave behind some waste in one form or the other. When the process is as sensitive as the nuclear reaction, the waste obviously has to be handled very carefully. Read here how nuclear power plant waste is treated!
Energy & Power Plants
Every time you switch on a light you are tapping into electrical energy. Where did that energy come from? From Power Plants! Learn all about how Power Plants work at Bright Hub’s Mechanical Engineering Channel. Is nuclear power dangerous? Is solar power possible? What are tidal power plants? Find the answers to all your questions about how electrical energy is generated, alternative energy sources and more!
It is true that a nuclear power plant is a very attractive alternative for traditional power sources but the box has the label “Handle With Care” written all over it. Read on to find out why.
A nuclear reactor is a source of intense heat which is generated through the exothermic fission reactions taking place inside the core. Therefore a coolant is necessary to ensure that this heat is taken away and utilized in a proper manner.
What do control rods in a nuclear power plant do? It has been often said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This maxim is usually associated with politics but applies equally to a nuclear reactor as well. Unless there is something to control the immense power that a nuclear reaction wields, the reactor would simply go haywire.
A nuclear reaction is a source of intense radiation apart from the heat generated in the exothermic process. Because of the risk, radiation shielding is required to prevent this harmful radiation from leaving the reactor and affecting the outside men and materials.
A nuclear reactor consists of various parts which carry out different functions related to heat generation by “burning” of nuclear fuel, but a housing is needed to contain all these parts and act as a covering for all these paraphernalia
The chain reaction inside a nuclear reactor is what sustains “combustion” of the fuel which in turn depends on ample supply of thermal energy neutrons within the core. A reflector material is used to ensure that neutrons do not simply fly off the reactor leaving little room for the chain reaction to continue
A nuclear power plant is not much different from a conventional power plant except for the manner in which heat is generated using nuclear reactions. We will study one very important component of nuclear power plants here, namely the fuel rods used in the reactor core, and the nuclear fuel cycle.
Moderation is necessary in all aspects of life if one has to achieve success. Usually extreme of anything is bad, no matter whether it is good or bad. It is no wonder the same principle applies to nuclear reactions as well. Just learn few basic concepts about moderation and moderators in context of nuclear power plants
Mother Nature has given us innumerable priceless gifts, one such gift is fossil fuels such as oil. We never really realized its importance since it was cheaply available till now. With fuel prices escalating we are trying to find a number of alternate fuels, but this is also the time to understand and appreciate what nature has given us till now.
Gas cooled reactors are another type of power plants that uses gas in nuclear reactors.
Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) are types of power plants that work similar to a pressure cooker where steam is generated from heat within the reactor core which in turn is used to drive the turbine blades that turns the generator. Read on for some interesting information about BWR.
Nuclear technology is being harnessed for peaceful purposes and is certainly a promising alternative to traditional energy sources. But the same energy could turn into a devastating enemy if handled without the proper care and precautions. We will learn a few basic things about safety measures for nuclear power plants in this article
Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) is a type of a nuclear power reactor that uses enriched Uranium as a fuel which in turn heats the light water used for producing steam. The main feature which differentiates it from a BWR nuclear reactor is that a PWR has a separate arrangement to make steam in the form of a heat exchanger
Today nuclear power plants have become major source of electricity for us. Externally the nuclear power plant looks like a dome, but it is interesting to know how a nuclear power plant works, what are the types of materials and equipment used, and so on. So just read this article to gain invaluable insight into the interesting world of the industry where power is extracted from the atomic level of matter.
Energy is required for everything that we do, and it is the next important thing apart from the food upon which the lives of nations depend. Lack of power could cause economies to cripple. The flourishing power generation industry is considered to be a sign of prosperity for any nation. Learn more about the types of power plants used to generate this energy.
We know that power plants operating on thermal energy, water kinetic energy etc have several limitations in that they are dependent on availability of natural resources such as water, coal and so forth. These resources have a limited availability and also resources like water depend on seasonal variations of climate and therefore cannot be depended upon entirely. Hence nuclear energy provides an advantage over other sources of energy in such circumstances.
You have heard the popular saying that size does matter, but in this age of miniaturization this axiom often applies the other way round. One situation where this happens is the area of nanotechnology which seemingly is a fairly recent technology. Why did I use the word “seemingly?” Find out here.
The job of a Power Plant Engineer is to ensure that the power is produced continuously as per the specifications of the plant. They take care of operations as well as maintenance of power plants. Power Plant Engineers can find jobs in thermal, hydraulic, and nuclear power plants.