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Not only is it possible, it's been going on for decades. As part of a 20 year agreement which came to be known as the 'megatons to megawatts' program, the former-USSR decommissioned some 20,000 nuclear warheads from its military arsenal and recovered 500 tonnes of highly enriched uranium which was combined with 15,000 tonnes of low enriched uranium and sold ...


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An accident which progressed in a somewhat similar manner is the TMI-2 Meltdown. In-vessel inspection at TMI-2 has revealed that an upper cavity existed in which all structural materials had melted and relocated. The first reaction which occurs in the progression of core melt is the formation of Zirconium eutectics. Soon after, structural elements such as ...


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I think there can be confusion around what 'binding energy' and 'mass excess' mean. The Wikipedia entry on Deuterium has links to explanation them, which may clear it up if the following doesn't. IF you could start with isolated protons and neutrons and assemble your own nucleus, the mass (energy) balance of the result would be the sum of the isolated ...



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