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Why Thorium is Better Than Uranium as Nuclear Fuel

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Started: 1/22/2016 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Evanpopo1

Pro

I know that thorium is better than uranium as a nuclear fuel.

First, thorium reactors can be shut-down immediately if needed.

Second, thorium is more abundant in nature.

Finally, thorium is less dangerous and radioactive as uranium.

That is why I am sure Thorium (Th) should be used over Uranium (U).
SugatShanker

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I am Sugat Shanker and I accept the Challenge.
First of all let us see the demerits of thorium,
1)Thorium is weakly radioactive (meaning less power generation)
2)All its known isotopes are unstable (meaning if Thorium-227 becomes less in quantity, you cannot use the isotopes)

Now, let's come to the MERITS of Uranium:-
1) Uranium-235 has the distinction of being the only naturally occurring fissile isotope.
2)Uranium-238 is fissionable by fast neutrons, and is fertile, meaning it can be transmuted to fissile plutonium-239 in nuclear reactor.
3)In sufficient concentration, these isotopes maintain a sustained nuclear chain reaction. and
4)One kilogram of uranium-235 can theoretically produce about 20 terajoules of energy (2"10 to the power 13 joules), assuming complete fission; as much energy as 1500 tonnes of coal.
So, in my opinion, URANIUM IS BETTER THAN THORIUM.
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Posted by TheRealGod 1 year ago
TheRealGod
Thorium also wields Mjornir
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