One of the many problems of nuclear power is the availability of fuel uranium-235 reserves are only about 0.7% those of the nonfissile uranium-238, and the separation of the isotopes is costly (Section 17.12). One solution is to synthesize fissile nuclides from other elements. In a breeder reactor, a reactor that is used to create nuclear fuel, the neutrons are not moderated. Their high speeds result in [Pg.839]

Eor many problems, the ideal umbrella potential would be one that completely flattens the free energy profile along q, i.e., UXq) = W(q). Such a potential cannot be determined in advance. However, iterative approaches exist that are known as adaptive [Pg.185]

This is the beginning of many problems with pumps. A pump is sf d with at one set of system coordinates. Then the system (the TDH) goe " mi and the pump moves on its curve away from its BEP out to one or the oth( i It is necessary to determir- i -num and minimum tions in the design the pump within these elev ions. If the system continues to pump, you ll either have to modify t ... /stem or modify or change the pu.-you really like to change bearin, . .d seals. [Pg.113]

The many problems with correlation and good shop tests discussed in this chapter would seem to lead to the conclusion that one should field test. It is still better, however, if at all possible, to test in the shop. The new compressor field tests should be limited to only those units where performance is in doubt and shop test correlation is just too difficult. A four sidestream multi-component hydrocarbon gas would probably qualify as difficult to shop test. [Pg.429]

Many general laws of the physical universe are expressible by differentia equations. Specific phenomena are then singled out from the infinity of solutions of these equations by assigning the individual initial or boundary conditions which characterize the given problem. In mathematical language one such problem, the equihbrium problem. [Pg.425]

The Poisson process represents only one possible way of assigning joint distribution functions to the increments of counting functions however, in many problems, one can argue that the Poisson process is the most reasonable choice that can be made. For example, let us consider the stream of electrons flowing from cathode to plate in a vacuum tube, and let us further assume that the plate current is low enough so that the electrons do not interact with one another in the [Pg.167]

The statement of a difference problem. In the preceding sections we were interested in approximate substitutions of difference operators for differential ones. However, many problems of mathematical physics involve not only differential eqnations, but also the supplementary conditions (boundary and initial) which guide a proper choice of a unique solution from the collection of possible solutions. [Pg.74]

The relationships summarized in Table 3.1 can be used to solve many problems, as we will illustrate. But before we do so. it is useful to make three general observations about Table 3.1. First, we note that the relationships for U and A are simpler when V and T are chosen as the independent variables. Whenever possible, we will choose V and T as the independent variables for calculating AU and A A. For H and G. the relationships are simpler when p and T are the independent variables, and these are the ones we will generally choose to [Pg.114]

What you don t have, can t leak. If we could design our plants so that they use safer raw materials and intermediates, or not so much of the hazardous ones, or use the hazardous ones at lower temperatures and pressures or diluted with inert materials, then many problems later in the design could be avoided. [Pg.272]

Methanol can be produced relatively cheaply as a bulk chemical by the oxidation of methane. Several processes have been developed to produce feed-grade SCP using methanol as a substrate. We will now examine one such process in depth, to show how a process is developed, from inception to production scale, and how the many problems encountered can be tackled and overcome. [Pg.87]

The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in mixed oxides, such as the lanthanum-barium-copper oxide complexes, has created a great deal of interest in these materials. Superconductivity, that is, the absence of any resistance to the flow of electric current, is now possible at temperatures above the temperature of liquid nitrogen (77K). Many problems remain in the development of practical processes for these materials and commercialization is not likely to occur until these problems are solved. Among the several processing techniques now used, CVD appears one of the most successful. [Pg.378]

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