Definition of nuclear fuel in English:

nuclear fuel


  • A substance that will sustain a fission chain reaction so that it can be used as a source of nuclear energy.

    • ‘The nuclear fuel for such a reactor could be made in Springfield, near Preston, or in France.’
    • ‘That could cause the nuclear fuel rods to overheat and produce a steam explosion that could release lethal radioactivity into the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Although nuclear fuels themselves may be stored, the electricity produced from them cannot be stored directly.’
    • ‘I'm going to focus on two aspects of nuclear energy; the carbon dioxide emissions from the nuclear fuel cycle and its very poor economics.’
    • ‘We do not want to be scaremongers, but we want people to see that this is a real threat and that there are alternatives to nuclear fuels and they are available now.’
    • ‘Secondly, the USA claimed satellite photographs had revealed the existence of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant.’
    • ‘But I think you've got to look at the whole thing in the context of all of the energy inputs required over the whole of the nuclear fuel cycle.’
    • ‘Russia no longer treats these burnable absorbers as part of the spent nuclear fuel and considers them radioactive waste.’
    • ‘Fossil and nuclear fuels still completely dominate the U.S. energy supply, as in all industrialized economies.’
    • ‘They already have tons of bomb material that they've gotten from reprocessing their civilian nuclear fuel rods.’
    • ‘The research is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and focuses on developing nuclear fuels that are better at conducting heat than conventional fuels.’
    • ‘The problem arises because of the complexity of the nuclear fuel rod reprocessing process.’
    • ‘Indeed, the use of nuclear fuels for energy and the deposition of correctly packaged waste forms hundreds of metres underground will, over time, decrease Earth's background radiation field at surface level.’
    • ‘The nuclear fuel reprocessing and waste storage market is about to become much more competitive.’
    • ‘The reality is that fossil fuels are finite and nuclear fuels are far too dangerous and deadly to fit into our definition of sustainable.’
    • ‘The communist country could possess some nuclear weapons within a few months if it reprocessed its spent nuclear fuel rods.’
    • ‘No sensible Australian energy policy can afford to ignore it, nor the nuclear fuel cycle upon which it depends.’
    • ‘He gives documented evidence in his book that if 11 per cent of the arable land was planted with hemp it would replace all dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear fuels, which we know are detrimental to both the human race and the environment.’
    • ‘They are in an alarmingly poor state of repair, but the spent nuclear fuel is still loaded in their reactors.’
    • ‘Otherwise, a switch by one member state away from coal towards a reliance on oil or nuclear fuels would throw out all of the calculations for coal production.’


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