Definition of breeder reactor in English:

breeder reactor


  • A nuclear reactor that creates fissile material (typically plutonium-239 by irradiation of uranium-238) at a faster rate than it uses another fissile material (typically uranium-235) as fuel.

    • ‘For example, a breeder reactor is one in which new reactor fuel is manufactured.’
    • ‘The history of the breeder reactors is a history of fiascos.’
    • ‘A breeder reactor would convert uranium 238 to plutonium that we could burn.’
    • ‘No breeder reactor, a technology necessary for nuclear fission, has ever been successful in the marketplace.’
    • ‘But, pebble reactors do not have the same crash shields required of light-water breeder reactors.’