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Fundamentals of CANDU Reactor Physics

By
Wei Shen
Wei Shen
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Benjamin Rouben
Benjamin Rouben
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ISBN:
9780791884836
No. of Pages:
154
Publisher:
ASME
Publication date:
2021

Nuclear fission is the splitting of a (large) nucleus, with the release of energy. The nuclei of some heavy elements, such as U-238, do exhibit spontaneous fission in nature. However, the rate of such fissions is extremely low. The half-life of uranium is longer than 100 million years, and most of its decay is by alpha emission, so spontaneous fission is not a practical source of energy. Spontaneous fission is not of much use to us as an energy source!

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