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University Physics Volume 3

17th Edition
William Moebs + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168185
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University Physics Volume 3

17th Edition
William Moebs + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168185
Textbook Problem

Engineers are frequently called on to inspect and, if necessary, repair equipment in nuclear power plants. Suppose that the city lights go out. After inspecting the nuclear reactor, you find a leaky pipe that leads from the steam generator to turbine chamber, (a) How do the pressure readings for the turbine chamber and steam condenser compare? (b) Why is the nuclear reactor not generating electricity?

To determine

(a)

The comparison of pressure reading for turbine and steam condenser.

Explanation

Introduction:

Rankine cycle is used in the nuclear power plant, where nuclear reactor is used to generate the electricity and propulsion of ships, the nuclear reactor is mostly uranium (92235U) and plutonium (239pt). They are used to control the nuclear chain reaction. In Rankine cycle, the heat is given to working fluid which runs the steam turbines and the turbine is able to run the shaft of electric generator and driving the propulsion shaft of the ship, which generates the electricity.

The nuclear reactor undergoes the fission reaction

To determine

(b)

The reason why is nuclear reactor not generation electricity.

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