### Nuclear Energy

The nuclear energy is the large amount of energy that can be released from a small mass of active material. The first nuclear power plant in India was located at Tarapur. The primary fuel used in nuclear power plants is Uranium ( U235). The isotopes of uranium are U234, U235 and U238, but U235 is mostly used. The secondary fuel used in nuclear power plants is Uranium (U233) and Plutonium (Pu239). U233 is produced when thorium is irradiated by neutrons and Pu239 is produced when U238 is irradiated by neutrons. The percentage composition of these naturally occurring isotopes in natural uranium are given as follows:

U234 = 0.006% ; U235 = 0.712 % ; and U238 = 99.282 %.

The nuclear energy is generally represented by electron volt (ev) or million electron volt (Mev), such that

The energy released from uranium fission is about 200 million electron volt. It may be noted that

(a) Each fission of U235 produces on the average 2.46 fast neutrons as a product of reaction.

(b) A fission chain reaction in uranium can be developed by increasing the contents of U235 and by slowing down fast neutrons so that U235 fission continues by slow neutron.

### Are Engineers Favourite Among Girls?

What do girls think about men who are engineers and what type of engineers are most favourite among girls? A survey was conducted by a team of aboutmech with members chosen from different countries. Each team member carried out a neutral survey in his/ her country to evaluate what females think about most of the engineers from different engineering branches. An overview of different questions asked in survey is given below: Question: Which male engineers do you find more attractive as a husband? Almost 50% women voted for mechanical engineers to be the most attractive husbands among other engineers. So mechanical engineers are most favourite among girls as a husband. They find them more trustworthy, intelligent, and creative. A married women from California said, “If your husband is a mechanical engineer, he will help you in everyday tasks. Because mechanical engineers are good team players and they have creative ideas about everything.” Which male engineers do you find more