A model of a nuclear reactor designed by Enrico Fermi, 1942

Made:
1942 in Illinois and United States
designer:
Enrico Fermi

Sectional model, one eighth full size, of Fermi's original nuclear reactor (atomic pile) CP-1, (1942)

Model (scale 1:8). On 2 December 1942, Enrico Fermi (1901-54) and a team of scientists in Chicago achieved the first self-sustaining chain reaction, in Chicago Pile no. 1, the world's first nuclear reactor. It was built in a squash court at the University of Chicago and was a pile of graphite blocks containing lumps of uranium, in a wooden framework. This reactor was built as part of the Manhattan Project to construct the first atomic weapons.

Details

Category:
Nuclear Physics
Object Number:
1967-405
type:
nuclear reactors and nuclear reactors and
credit:
Atomic Energy Research Establishment