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Oct11-10, 01:49 AM
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Hi there,
Quote Quote by Astronuc View Post
However, one of the objectives of nuclear fuel design is to retain the fission products close to where they are produced. The fuel is essentially the first barrier between fission products and the environment.
And the key word here is "FIRST" barrier.

For the harnessing of neutrons, this is what happens in a light water reactor. The neutron is slowed down, the energy released by this neutron is used to heat the water. The hot water can then be converted into electricity.

I still find this system pretty convenient, and quite efficient.