Argonaut class reactor

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The Argonaut class reactor is a design of small nuclear research reactor. Many have been built throughout the world, over a wide range of power levels. Its functions are to teach nuclear reactor theory, nuclear physics and for use in engineering laboratory experiments.

The original Argonaut (Argonne Nuclear Assembly for University Training) was built at Argonne National Laboratory and went critical for the first time on February 9, 1957.[1] It was shut down in 1972. This reactor was rated for 10 kilowatts.[2]


  1. ^ "Training Reactors designed by Argonne National Laboratory: ARGONAUT". Argonne National Laboratory. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nuclear Reactors Built, Being Built, or Planned: 2003" (PDF). Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2004. Retrieved October 6, 2005.  - page 23 (PDF)