School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Na-1 Nuclear Chain Reaction

Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 31 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate a model of a nuclear chain reaction .

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Nuclear Chain Reaction

Description

A nuclear chain reaction is modelled here via a lattice of mouse traps each able to release two "neutrons". The traps are set up next to a wall to maximise the possibility of any neutrons rebounding and initiating more neutron releases.

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