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Why is heavy water preferred as the moderator in a nuclear reactor?

Why is heavy water preferred as the moderator in a nuclear reactor?

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Vikas TU
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2 years ago
Heavy water is used in certain types of nuclear reactors, where it acts as a neutron moderator to slow down neutrons so that they are more likely to react with the fissile uranium-235 than with uranium-238, which captures neutrons without fissioning. The CANDU reactor uses this design.

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