fissionable fissionable  /ˈfɪ ʃə nə bəl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) capable of undergoing nuclear fission

Usage(s):

  1. After it is over, perhaps the remaining fissionable material falls back toward the star's center and causes, in due course, another moderate explosion.
  2. Cleansed of its fissionable isotopes U-235, the depleted uranium is safe to handle.
  3. Since this is also fissionable, it can be extracted chemically and used as fuel in the heat-giving core.

News

  • Understanding the 2 Billion-Year-Old Natural Nuclear Reactor In W Africa

    KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "In June 1972, nuclear scientists at the Pierrelatte uranium enrichment plant in south-east France noticed a strange deficit in the amount of uranium-235 they were processing. That's a serious problem in a uranium enrichment plant where every gram of fissionable material has to be carefully accounted for. The ensuing investigation found that the anomaly originated in ...
    on May 1, 2014     Source: Slashdot

Quotes

  1. "There is circumstantial evidence that some fissionable material available for Israel's weapons development was illegally obtained from the United States about 1965," Mr. Kissinger noted in his long memorandum.
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: Henry Kissinger Source: New York Times

  2. "We've got almost a half a century of experience at the Savannah River Site at handling processed fissionable material as well as derivatives like tritium safely without any threat to the environment, and it's been a huge job creator for both South...
    on Oct 9, 2008 By: Johnny Isakson Source: Florida Times-Union

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