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Electricity Generation

Electricity Generation

After the Second World War, the main use that was given to nuclear energy was the generation of electric power. Electricity, in this case, is generated in nuclear power plants.

Generation of electricity through nuclear energy

The process to obtain electricity through nuclear energy is the result of a thermodynamic and mechanical process.

A nuclear power plant has the objective of transforming the internal energy of the uranium atoms into electrical energy. This process is carried out following certain steps:

At first, the nuclear reactor…

Last review: April 4, 2019

Nuclear Accident In Fukushima, Japan

Nuclear Accident In Fukushima, Japan

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident is a series of incidents, including four separate explosions, that took place at the Naraha nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11. 2011. The Fukushima nuclear facility was a nuclear power plant to convert nuclear energy into electrical energy.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred on March 11, 2011. It is the most serious nuclear accident in history after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

The accident was caused by an 8.9-degree earthquake near the northwest coast of Japan. Nuclear reactors 1, 2 and 3 stopped automatically at the time of the earthquake, while the…

Last review: March 20, 2019

Neutron

Neutron

A neutron is a subatomic particle that is part of the atom (along with the proton and the electron). Neutrons and protons form the atomic nucleus. Neutrons have no net electric charge, unlike the proton that has a positive electric charge.

The difference in the number of neutrons in the nucleus of an atom does not imply the variation of the nature of the atom itself, but it does determine the isotope to which it is a part.

In nuclear energy the concept "uranium enrichment" refers to the alteration of the number of neutrons in the atomic nucleus in order to obtain another more unstable uranium atom. This modification implies, therefore, an isotope change.

Since…

Last review: March 19, 2019

Proton

Proton

Definition of proton

A proton is a subatomic particle with positive electric charge that is inside the atomic nucleus of atoms. The number of protons in the atomic nucleus determines the atomic number of an element, as indicated in the periodic table of the elements.

The proton has charge +1 (or, alternatively, 1.602 x 10 -19  coulombs), exactly the opposite of the charge -1 that contains the electron. In mass, however, there is no competition - the mass of the proton is approximately 1,836 times greater than that of an electron.

The proton is classified as baryon, and is composed of three quarks (uud). The corresponding antiparticle,…

Last review: March 19, 2019

Atom

Atom

The atom is a structure in which matter is organized in the physical world or in nature. The atoms form the molecules, while the atoms in turn are formed by subatomic constituents such as protons (with positive charge), neutrons (without charge) and electrons. (with negative charge).

In a graphical way, what is an atom? Let's imagine that we have a piece of iron. We split it. We still have two pieces of iron but smaller ones. We will start them again, again ... Each time we will have more smaller pieces until a moment will come, in which if we go back to splitting what we would have left would not be iron, it would be another element of the periodic table. At…

Last review: March 19, 2019

Nuclear Fission

Nuclear Fission

Nuclear fission is the physical-chemical reaction through which the nucleus of an atom is split. In the main interest of the fission reactions is that by this operation a large amount of energy is obtained. Nuclear energy is the energy contained in the nucleus of an atom and the energy that is obtained is thermal energy, energy in the form of heat.

The other form of exploitation is through nuclear fusion reactions. In this case, the process is inverse, fusing two different nuclei forming a single atomic nucleus.

After the fission of the atomic nucleus we obtain several fragments with a mass almost equal to half of the original mass plus two or three neutrons. It…

Last review: March 15, 2019

Structure of the atom

Structure of the atom

The basis of everything related to nuclear energy lies in the atom, since nuclear technology is based on the use of the internal energy contained in atoms. For this reason, to understand how nuclear reactions occur (nuclear fission or nuclear fusion) it is useful to understand how an atom is structured.

An atom is the smallest constituent unit of ordinary matter that has the properties of a chemical element.

The atom is composed of a nucleus and one or more electrons linked to the nucleus. The nucleus is made of one or more protons and, typically, a similar number of neutrons; protons and neutrons are called nucleons.

The protons of the atomic nucleus are…

Last review: March 14, 2019

Chooz Nuclear Power Plant, France

Chooz Nuclear Power Plant, France

The Chooz nuclear power plant is a nuclear power plant in Chooz, France. That is, its function is to harness the nuclear energy of nuclear fission reactions to generate electricity. The nuclear power plant is located in a meander of the Maas. Also, the nuclear facility is located on the Pointe de Givet, about 25 km from the Belgian Dinant.

The first of the two nuclear reactors available to the nuclear plant was built in the 1960s with the participation of Belgian industry. In this way, the location near the French-Belgian border is explained in part.

More than 700 EDF employees work with over 200 subcontractor employees at the Chooz nuclear power plant. During…

Last review: March 12, 2019

Beta Particle

Beta Particle

A beta particle (β) is an electron that shoots out of a radioactive event.

By the law of Fajans, if an atom emits a beta particle, its electric charge increases by a positive unit and the atomic mass number does not change. This is because the mass or mass number only represents the number of protons and neutrons, which in this case the total number is not affected, since a neutron "loses" an electron, but becomes a proton, ie , a neutron becomes a proton and therefore the total number of atomic mass (protons plus neutrons) does not vary.

The interaction of beta particles with matter generally has a 10-fold greater range of action and an ionizing power equal to one…

Last review: March 8, 2019

Nuclear submarine Nautilus

Nuclear submarine Nautilus

One of the uses of nuclear energy is the propulsion of vehicles. This application is used especially in the military field.

The Nautilus is the first nuclear submarine in the world. It was built in 1954, in Groton, Connecticut, on the east coast of the United States. Thanks to the use of nuclear energy, all the technological records of submarines have been surpassed to date. It had a higher speed and did not need to climb so often to the surface. It was the first submarine to reach the North Pole, in 1958. In 1980 it became a Museum.

So far, the submarines were generating electricity through diesel engines. This energy could be stored in batteries…

Last review: March 8, 2019

Alpha Particle

Alpha Particle

Alpha particles or alpha rays are a form of radiation with high ionizing, corpuscular energy and with a low penetration capacity due to the high cross section. Alpha particles consist of two protons and two neutrons joined by a strong force. From a chemical point of view, alpha particles can also be identified with the symbol 4 He ++. Along with the 3 He isotope, the alpha particles belong to the elion family. The beta decay is mediated by a weak force, while the alpha decay is mediated by a strong force.

Definition of alpha particle

An alpha particle is a positively charged particle emitted by various radioactive materials during decomposition. It consists…

Last review: March 7, 2019