Graphite reactors have served the nuclear industry well. But they pose a challenge in generating isotopes that are itching to get out into the environment. Jason Deign of Nuclear Energy Insider has written an article on the subject.
Graphite-moderated reactors have been at the heart at some of the nuclear industry’s finest and poorest moments. Graphite technology allowed the industry to get off the ground with the pioneering Chicago Pile-1 and X-10 Oak Ridge National Laboratory reactors.
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