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What is the difference between a nuclear reactor and power plant?

I was assigned a project on Nuclear Reactors and am wondering if there is a difference between the two?
There is deffiantly more info on power plants than reactors.
What could i show as a 3D prop thats somehow related to nuclear reactors?

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8 Responses to “What is the difference between a nuclear reactor and power plant?”

  1. vyj369 said :

    First and foremost a power plant may or may not have a nuclear reactor. A power plant that produces power through a Nuclear reactor is just one of the many types of power plants. It is called a Nuclear power plant. Other power plants are thermal, Solar, Wind etc. Since your project is on Nuclear reactors for detailed information please refer to the link below..

  2. ChewBar said :

    Power plant is just a broad term that covers facilities that generates electric power. You can have several types like nuclear power plant, solar power plant, geothermal power plant, fossil fuelled power plants, and the list goes on. That would explain why you can find a lot more information on “power plants” rather than “nuclear reactors”.
    Also, you may want to check if you are researching “nuclear reactors” or “nuclear power plants” as theres a distinction between the two. The power plant refers to the entire facility, while the reactor is one part of the facility. The reactor is the place where the nuclear reactions occur, but just having the reaction is not enough to make power from it, you need something else. This something else is using heat from that reaction to boil water, and using the resulting steam to turn turbines which generates the electricity directly. The reactor, boiler, turbine are all part of the power plant.
    As for a 3d prop, you can either have a simple prop showing the different parts of the power plant (if thats your topic) or maybe a prop showing the process of nuclear fission which is what goes on in the reactor (and by association, also part of a nuclear power plant).

  3. Earl D said :

    A nuclear reactor is simply a device that houses and controls the atomic emissions of highly radioactive materials.

    The first atomic pile in Chicago under soldiers field was basically a rudimentary nuclear reactor. It was nuclear fissonable fuel kept in check by a control rod that absorbed the particles and kept critical mass from happening.

    One of the things that occurs during an atomic reaction like this is generation of great heat.

    A power plant is a device that makes power or electrcity by turning magnets inside or around coils of wire to generate electricity.

    Some power device must be used to turn these magents and the two most common are flowing water (waterfall turbine) and steam power.

    In the case of a nuclear power plant the heat from the nuclear reaction generates steam which turns the magents and makes electricity.

  4. johnandeileen2000 said :

    A hydro power station generates electricity by using rushing water to spin turbines that drive generators. A cold fired power plant boils water in boilers that produce steam to drive the turbines, others use oil to heat the water, they are known as fossil fuel generating power plants, the latest development is the use of wind power to drive generators. A nuclear power plant uses radio active material that is bundled in rods that are lowered into position to cause close proximity of huge amounts of neutrons, this causes a flow of neutrons releasing huge amounts of heat which is used to drive steam turbines. Great care must be exercised in this operation, if the bundles of rods are not controlled precisely a run away chain reaction may take place causing so much energy to be released there will be a melt down of the reactor. You could make a simple model by binding bundles of tooth picks together and paint one end of each bundle red, arrange the bundles so that the red ends are close together. Label the tooth pick bundles as “Radioactive.”

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