HFIR research nuclear reactor refuels

HFIR research nuclear reactor refuels

Operating at 85 MW, an average fuel cycle for the HFIR at Oak Ridge National Laboratory generally runs for approximately 26 days. While submersed, the spent fuel emits a luminescent blue glow due to Cherenkov radiation, in which shedding electrons move through the water faster than the speed of light in water. Once removed from the reactor, spent fuel is then relocated into an adjacent holding pool for interim storage. Caption: ORNL Photo credit: Jason Richards/ORNL

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  • Created On: Feb 1, 2018 - 4:40pm
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