go critical

go critical

1. To be able to function successfully. When do you think this new software will be able to go critical?
2. Of a nuclear reactor or power station, to be able to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. What protections do we have if the nuclear power plant goes critical?
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go critical

1. If a project or organization goes critical, it reaches a stage of development where it can operate smoothly and successfully. The programme confirmed its initial impact in week two, and really `went critical' with the third edition on 8 December. Bristol airport is about to go critical. That will come when more than a million passengers a year pass through the terminal.
2. When a nuclear power station goes critical, it reaches a state in which a nuclear fission chain reaction can sustain itself. Monju went critical last year, and produced its first electricity in August this year.
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Abu Dhabi: The UAE is due to commission the Arab world's first nuclear power station this year, while the remaining three reactors will go critical by 2020.
The second unit of Kudankulam atomic power project in Tamil Nadu is expected to go critical on Sunday, S K Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), said on Saturday.
Thirdly, the external situation is a minefield: Europe still has problems; the slowdown in China could resume; and the Middle East could go critical.
expected to go critical with the onset of searing summer heat and families become heavily reliant on air
It is believed that the reactor will go critical, setting the stage for sea trial sometime in the first half of next year.
The reactor at Dimona was about to go critical and the underground facility was being readied to extract weapons-grade fissile material.
No doubt having the HMCS Charlottetown farting about the Mediterranean on "anti-terrorism" exercises will come in handy should things in Syria go critical.
It's called thorium nuclear reactors, which would produce negligible radioactive waste, could not be used to make nuclear weapons, would produce no CO2 and could not go critical like the Japanese reactors.
When a pool runs dry, he explains, the fuel may heat up but it won't go critical, because the neutrons generated by fission escape so quickly they can't create a chain reaction.
18-million-kilowatt pressurized water reactor, was activated with the MOX fuel for the so-called ''pluthermal'' electric generation and is scheduled to go critical Thursday evening, according to the power company.
One said Iran's first nuclear electricity generating plant would go critical in December and thereafter any air attack would become impossible since it would trigger a nuclear explosion.
235]U, which can, given optimum conditions, go critical.
This is the 2nd 1,000 MW pressurised water reactor to go critical in the country.
While India generates a mere 4120 megawatts of energy from nuclear reactors right now, when the six new reactors under construction go critical, they will only add 3160 megawatts to India's kitty.