A critical mass is an amount of fissile material, such as plutonium, containing enough mass to start a neutron chain reaction [Murray, 1989].
Bowman argues that if this chain reaction were started underground, the rocks in the ground would help keep the system compressed and speed up the chain reaction [Taubes, 1995].
Before an article, report, or brief is accepted into the Undergraduate Engineering Review, the author must first submit a proposal that specifies the importance of the research, the scope and limitations of the research, and the methods for the research.
Submitters should read the journal's Request for Proposals before submitting.
More than 30,000 metric tons of nuclear waste have arisen from U. commercial reactors as well as high level nuclear weapons waste, such as uranium and plutonium [Roush, 1995].
Because of the build-up of this waste, some power plants will be forced to shut down.
The proposed review will discuss the economical and environmental aspects of a national storage facility.
This proposal includes my methods for gathering information, a schedule for completing the review, and my qualifications.
Safety includes not only the effect of the repository on people near the site, but also people along the transportation routes to the site.
In my research I will consider both groups of people.