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the minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture

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the minimum mass of fissionable material that can sustain a chain reaction

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Lim et al., "First injection of spallation neutrons generated by high-energy protons into the kyoto university critical assembly," Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, vol.
It also offers dedicated resources that bring specialised experience in critical assembly processes such as laminating, tip forming and laser bonding.
Including an original introduction and key works not available in scholarly libraries, "The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life: Critical Perspectives" is a critical assembly of work and will be of immense assistance to anyone looking to understand the consequences of our ageing population on society.
Kazakhstan has removed a stockpile of Russian-origin fresh high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from the critical assembly of the WWR-K Research Reactor in Almaty.
The Economy Minister spoke out after criticism of the timing of her announcement ahead of the expected publication of a critical Assembly committee report, as well as criticism of the impact of the chosen route.
US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a joint statement that all highly enriched uranium (HEU) and separated plutonium would be removed from the Fast Critical Assembly at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.
The purpose of the course and textbook is to help students of nuclear engineering understand the essence of nuclear reactor physics and radiation protection thorough experiments conducted at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly C-core, which is moderated and reflected by water.
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