Chapter 12. Nuclear Heat Energy

Most of the energy released in fission appears as kinetic energy of a few high-speed particles. As these pass through matter, they slow down by multiple collisions and impart thermal energy to the medium. It is the purpose of this chapter to discuss the means by which this energy is transferred to a cooling agent and transported to devices that convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. Methods for dealing with the large amounts of waste heat generated will be considered.

12.1. Methods of Heat Transmission

We learned in basic science that heat, as one form of energy, is transmitted by three methods—conduction, convection, and radiation. The physical processes for the methods are different. In conduction ...

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