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1 How A Nuclear Reactor Works Steve 1 -The uranium bundle acts as an extremely high-energy source of heat It heats the water and turns it to steam 2 -The steam drives a steam turbine which spins a generator to produce power In some reactors the steam from the reactor goes through a secondary intermediate heat exchanger to convert another loop of water to steam which drives the turbine The advantage to this design is that the radioactive watersteam never contacts the turbine 3 -Also in some reactors the coolant fluid in contact with the reactor core is gas carbon dioxide or liquid metal sodium potassium these types of reactors allow the core to be operated at higher temperatures 4 -Once you get past the reactor itself there is very little difference between a nuclear power plant and a coal-fired or oil-fired power plant except for the source of the heat used to create steam 2 Resources Crystal -Earths source of Uranium comes from Old stars that have exploded and the dust from these shattered stars aggregated
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