Definition of fuel rod in English:

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fuel rod

Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞o(ə)l räd/

noun

A rod-shaped fuel element in a nuclear reactor.
Example sentences
  • To control the reactor (the equivalent of turning up and down a flame on a gas cooker) control rods made of boron or cadmium are inserted near the fuel rod to absorb neutrons.
  • Anti-nuclear activists, however, said that the plant operators should have earlier on identified the risk involved with using a damaged fuel rod in the reactor.
  • The fuel rod was removed in 1979 from the Vermont Yankee reactor, which is currently shut down for refueling and maintenance.
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