Control Rods In Nuclear Energy

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The control rods are what give a steady output of energy after the fission process has taken place. They control the number of spare neutrons as a great amount are produced during a chain reaction with the nuclei. These control rods are usually made of the material cadmium or boran and they absorb excess nuclei in order the control the amount of free flowing neutrons so they do not become to excessive which would create larger amounts of heat. The rate that the energy is produced can be changed by adding or removing control rods from within the reactor. If rods are removed, then the rate increases and when rods are added the rate decreases. This is a scenario of less rods equaling less control and more rods equaling more control.
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World War II had a big impact on the research and development of nuclear energy. With the war going on over seas the government turned to the Army Corp of Engineers to look into nuclear power. From this the Manhattan project started to figure out how to put an end to the war. The Army Corp of Engineers researched nuclear fission and fusion. Finally they had figured out the formula and made the two atomic bombs which helped end the war. The project itself had supplied over 130,000 people with jobs, but by the end of the war had cost the government close to two billion …show more content…
The United States Department of Energy pushed the world to take advantage of nuclear energy and use it to power the United States. A few years after during the 1950’s the Cold War had started. Surprisingly it had another big impact on nuclear energy. The U.S.S.R had achieved an atomic bomb similar to Americas. Responding to the potential threat the government put the pedal down to research for more weapons of mass destruction. After three years of research America created a Hydrogen bomb (Thermo-Nuclear). This was another great success for researchers, but was for a destructive purpose. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 would put a stop to this giant stock pile of nuclear weapons, stating that any nuclear materials or facilities were affected by the public’s interest and for common national defense. Most of the regulated subjects were Radiation Protection, SNM Licensing, Material Control and Accounting, Gaseous Diffusion plants, and many

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