If you're anything like me, you've probably wondered how a nuclear reactor works. When you look at pictures nuclear power plants, questions must march through your head. Why are some of them shaped like weather balloons? How do they keep the fuel safe? Where's Mr. Burns's office?
Well, these cutaway drawings can supply some answers. The University of New Mexico library maintains an extensive collection of wall charts depicting nuclear reactors from all over the world with their innards exposed in exquisite, three-dimensional detail. Everything is technically accurate and to scale. They're also labelled according to the type of reactor they are. PWR stands for "pressurized water reactor," and AGR means "advanced gas-cooled reactor," for example.