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The Whiteshell Laboratories website, looking north. The tall ventilation stack (the STANK, called later) will be to the right of this WR-1 reactor construction.
The reactor was exceptional, in that it'd vertical fuel stations, and also the fuel was cooled through an organic liquid (an oil) as opposed to water. The neutrons were assassinated with trendy heavy water at a massive calandria vessel enclosing the fuel stations. The reactor first attained criticality on November 1 1965, and has been utilized as a test reactor for its projected organic-cooled CANDU power reactor.
When that program discontinued in 1972, WR1 was used for irradiation, heat and experimentation the WNRE site.The reactor proved to be a busy location, typically working round the clock.…