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Fissile vs. Fissionable

  1. Aug 12, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    These questions refer to the terms “fissile” and “fissionable” as used in the context of current fission power reactors.

    a) Describe what is meant if a nucleus is described as fissile; that is, define fissile.
    Describe what is meant if a nucleus is described as fissionable; that is, define fissionable.

    b) For a given nucleus, give the quantities and energy conditions that determine if the nucleus is fissile or fissionable.


    2. Relevant equations

    None.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    a) Fissile: Material that can undergo fission after capturing a thermal neutron. Fissionable: Material that can undergo fission after capturing a thermal or fast neutron.

    b) Fissile: If A = Z + N is odd, given Z is even. And Z > Z(Fe)
    Fissionable: If Z > Z(Fe)
     
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  3. Aug 20, 2014 #2
    I'm sorry you are not generating any responses at the moment. Is there any additional information you can share with us? Any new findings?
     
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