Nuclear Power Plant Design
The Basic Design
Inside the reactor, water is pumped around the fuel rods to remove heat. This contaminated water is then pumped through a pipe that transfers its heat into cooler water inside the steam generator. The steam from the steam generator rotates a turbine and generates electricity for use in the power grid (Marshall & Lamb, 2000).
The diagram also shows the intake from a body of water that is pumped into the building. The water is used to condense the steam after it has generated electricity. Once the condensing water has been heated to a high temperature, it is pumped into the cooling tower where it boils off into the atmosphere (Marshall & Lamb, 2000).
Uranium Extraction and Refining
The Mining Process
The Refining Process
Findings from the Lab
Personal Thoughts on Design
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