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0 235U DENSITY, g/cm3 Figure 16. 5) or Beryllium for Metal Reflected by Thick a Wide Range of 235 U Densities 45 the critical mass of G. Safonov . calculates 235" cavity type reactors fueled with , 233U, or 23gPu that are externally moderated by D20, Be or C. For each fuel 'and moderator In his report, combination, terior the critical radius moderating by a family calculations increasing the cavity tends thermal corresponds mean free radii, path. Internal fraction of asymptatically radius (such as graphite) mind that this change within of reducing as the preceding change for was shown in variation the core.

01 WEIGHT OF WATER WEIGHT OF DRY COMPOUND 235 Figure 74. Computed Critical Volume as Water is Added to 30/70 PuO2/ U02 at 7 g/cm' 40 2. The Reduction in Mass of the Sphere . L- The next reduction in critical addition of water 15) serves mass that to oxide lines show the increase sity of the mixed oxides. at reduced possible the reduced density oxides with The Paradox of the Infinite The following that, will to those there size The effect was first in detail additional the critical saturation because it will in the previous in critical can actually of demonstrates be directly examples; mass with op- not only added scatterers, be increased.

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