Nuclear Power Plant Isar, Germany

Spent nuclear fuel pool

Turbine of a nuclear plant

Temperature

Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is the branch of classical physics that studies and describes the thermodynamic transformations induced by heat and work in a thermodynamic system, as a result of processes that involve changes in the state variables of temperature and energy.

Classical thermodynamics is based on the concept of macroscopic system, that is, a portion of physical mass or conceptually separated from the external environment, which is often assumed for convenience that is not disturbed by the exchange of energy with the system. The state of a macroscopic system that is in equilibrium conditions…

Nuclear fusion

Nuclear fusion

Nuclear fusion is a nuclear reaction through which two light nuclei of atoms, usually hydrogen and its isotopes (deuterium and tritium), are combined forming a heavier nucleus. This binding is usually accompanied by the emission of particles (in case of deuterium nuclei one neutron is emitted). This nuclear fusion reaction releases or absorbs a lot of energy in the form of gamma rays and kinetic energy of the emitted particles.This large amount of energy transforms matter to a plasma state.

The nuclear fusion reactions can emit or absorb…

Heat energy

Heat energy

Heat energy is the manifestation of the energy in the form of heat. All materials have atoms that form molecules with constant movement and vibration. This movement of atoms generates a kinetic energy called heat or heat energy.

If we increase the temperature of any element, we increase its heat energy. However, when we increase the heat energy of an element it's not guarantee that its temperature is increased. The temperature is the same during the stage of changes. A good example is heating some water. Little by little we obtain heat…

Boiling water nuclear reactor

Boiling water nuclear reactor

A boiling water reactor or BWR is a type of nuclear reactor. It is the second type of reactor most used in nuclear power plants in the world. Approximately 22% of the nuclear reactors installed in the different nuclear power plants use the boiling water reactor.

The main function of this type of reactors is their installation in power plants of power for the generation of electricity.

The most important feature of the boiling water reactor (BWR) is the use of pressurized water as a neutron moderator and as a core coolant. Unlike the pressurized water reactor (PWR), it does not…

Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Renewable energies are those energies using an energy source or fuel which is considered inexhaustible or can be regenerated at the same rate at which it is consumed.

The classification of renewable energy depends on natural resources exploited.

Solar energy

We distinguish two ways of using solar energy:

  • Solar thermal
  • Solar photovoltaics

The use of solar thermal is to use heat energy obtained from solar radiation to heat a fluid, depending on its temperature,…

Atomic theory

Atomic theory

In physics and chemistry, the atomic theory is a scientific theory of the nature of matter, which states that matter is composed of units called atoms. Atomic theory began as a philosophical concept in ancient Greece and entered the mainstream of the nineteenth century when discoveries in the field of chemistry showed that matter really behaves as if it were an atom.

The word atom originates in the atomic adjective of the ancient Greek, which means "indivisible". As explained in the history of nuclear energy. Nineteenth-century chemists began to use the term in relation to the growing…

Molecule

Molecule

A molecule is a set of chemically bonded atoms. The electric charge of the molecules is neutral.

There is a definition of an older molecule that is less general and less precise: "A molecule is the smallest part of a substance that can have an independent and stable existence while preserving its chemical properties and certain physicochemical properties." By this definition there could be molecules with a single atom.

Types of molecules

Molecules can be formed in two different ways:

  • Discrete molecules: molecules may consist of a well-defined number of atoms…

Types of nuclear reactors

We distinguish two types of nuclear reactors

  • Nuclear research reactors. This type of reactors used neutrons generated during nuclear fission reactions to produce radioisotopes that are going to be used in other applications of nuclear energy or materials for studies.
  • Nuclear power reactors. These reactors are based on the use of the thermal energy generated in the fission reactions. The main and most known application of this type of reactor is to generate electricity in nuclear power plants. However, also they are used for desalination…

Differences between nuclear fusion meltdown

In a nuclear accident and the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, usually speaks often of the risk of core melt.

Do not confuse the meltdown of a nuclear reactor with nuclear fusion.

Nuclear fusion is the process in which two atoms are joined to form one single pass. This releases a lot of energy that could be harnessed to generate electricity. Unfortunately, these reactions can not be controlled well and much less to create nuclear power to produce electricity.

Nuclear plants currently use nuclear fission reactions, which is based precisely on the basis atom…