Dictionary of Electrical Engineering

Commonly used terms in the Electrical industry.

boiling water reactor
a nuclear reactor from which heat is transferred in the form of high-pressure steam.
line-connected reactor

See shunt reactor
nuclear reactor
(1) an apparatus designed to facilitate, contain, and control a nuclear chain reaction.

(2) any heat-producing array of fissile radioactive materials constructed so as to produce a controlled chain-reaction.
null a point on the radiation pattern that corresponds to zero or minimum values.
a container where the nuclear reaction takes place. The reactor converts the nuclear energy to heat.
shunt reactor
a reactor intended for connection in shunt to an electric system to draw inductive current.
thermal reactor
a reactor which maintains a critical reaction with thermal neutrons.