Cherenkov Effect is Science, Not Science Fiction

In the movies, a nuclear reactor is always shown shrouded in an electric blue haze. It is easy to assume this is simply a special effect, but the blue glow is an actual real world phenomenon known as the Cherenkov effect or Cherenkov radiation. Cherenkov radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that occurs when… More Cherenkov Effect is Science, Not Science Fiction

Dry Cask Storage: An Alternative for Storing Used Fuel

One aspect of nuclear energy that makes it unique is the issue of used fuel storage.  Used fuel is nuclear fuel that is no longer useful for sustaining a chain reaction in a reactor.  While the fuel is no longer useable for producing electricity, it continues to give off radiation and heat and must be stored… More Dry Cask Storage: An Alternative for Storing Used Fuel

Nuclear Fuels Engineers Are Masters of Interior Design

Nuclear power plants in the United States produce electricity 24/7 and are baseload generating plants. Baseload power refers to generating resources that operate continuously and provide reliable power to customers, only shutting down for scheduled refueling and maintenance. Nuclear power plants use uranium fuel, in fuel assemblies, to produce heat through fission (splitting of atoms). When… More Nuclear Fuels Engineers Are Masters of Interior Design