The Ford Nuclear Reactor in the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory on the North Campus is the "heart" of nuclear engineering research at the U-M. It also provides radioactive materials for research projects and practical uses in medicine, public health, the biological sciences, nuclear physics, and other fields, in addition to engineering. The reactor is now being operated on a 24-hour-a-day basis at two megawatts (2,000,000 watts). It is the only "swimming pool" type reactor in the state.
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