How a Pressurized Water Reactor Works

Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR)

PWRs keep water under pressure so that it heats, but does not boil. Water from the reactor and the water in the steam generator that is turned into steam never mix. In this way, most of the radioactivity stays in the reactor area.

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