The liquid fluoride thorium reactor is a type of molten salt nuclear reactor that uses the thorium fuel cycle with a fluoride-based, molten, liquid salt for fuel.  Molten-salt-fueled reactors supply the nuclear fuel in the form of a molten salt mixture.  In a LFTR, thorium and uranium-233 are dissolved in carrier salts, forming a liquid fuel. In a typical operation, the liquid is pumped between a critical core and an external heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to a nonradioactive secondary salt. The secondary salt then transfers its heat to a turbine.  LFTRs differ from traditional nuclear power reactors in almost every aspect: they use thorium rather than uranium, operate at low pressure, receive fuel by pumping without shutdown, entail no risk of nuclear meltdown, use a salt coolant and produce higher operating temperatures. 



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