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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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From the time the nuclear reactor of the submarine went critical on 10 August 2013, till the time the deterrence patrol took place in October 2018, India achieved the goal of a deterrence patrol in merely 5 years.
The patient was admitted nearly ten days before and was improving gradually, however on Thursday night his condition went critical and later died.
Ten years ago today, the Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) nuclear research reactor went critical for the first time, and began producing neutrons through a self-sustaining fission reaction.
He pointed out two basic purposes of the ambulances :1) to help patient take out from house to hospital timely; 2) it takes the patient from hospital to the emergency as most of the cases went critical during these processes.
"The submarine's miniaturized reactor, which went critical in August 2013, has now attained 100% power.
It took almost one- anda- half years for the submarine to be ready for sea trials after its nuclear reactor went critical on August 10, 2013.
The EBR-I went critical in August 1951 and became the first reactor to produce electricity.
After the operation, the boy "woke up and laughed and called for his mother and then went critical," Coleson says.
Japanese government established new laws to cope with nuclear emergencies in September 1999 after an accident at a uranium processing facility in Tokai killed two workers who were handling uranium fuel that went critical.
The sites were fortuitous accumulations of uranium that went critical for a while.
It is here, some 60 years ago, that the world's first continuously operated reactor went critical. Enriched uranium processed at the lab fueled an atomic bomb dropped on Japan And the lab also was instrumental in developing portable nuclear reactors for the Army and radioisotope power for deep space probes.
I, as a friend of mine once put it, went critical, referring to the moment when a nuclear reactor is on the brink and it could go either way - meltdown or recovered equilibrium.
Pakistan is already operating the Chinese-built Chashma nuclear power plant, which went critical in May 2000 and was inaugurated in March 2001, and the 137-mw Karachi nuclear power plant, located at Karachi on the Arabian Sea coast, which was supplied by Canada in 1972 and was overhauled in the mid-1990s.
ON SEPTEMBER 11, OUR chronic energy crisis went critical. According to Amory B.
It ended in 1942 with the creation of 'big, or post-modern' science which began when Enrico Fermi's atomic pile, crucial in the race to discover an atomic bomb before Hitler did so, 'went critical for the first time'.