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|Authors:||KONINGS Rudy; WISS Thierry; GUENEAU Christine|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The core of a nuclear reactor is composed of a controlled critical configuration of a fissile material, which in strict a sense is the fuel. This fissile material is contained in a matrix, normally a ceramic compound or eventually a metallic alloy, and in practice this combination of fissile material and matrix is called the nuclear fuel. In the fuel the fission process takes place, generating heat that must be transferred to the coolant, while producing fission products that must be retained.|
|JRC Institute:||Nuclear Safety and Security|
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