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Critical Mass

1. A situation that can no longer be ignored. For example, if an employee who makes co-workers of the opposite sex uncomfortable makes unwanted sexual advances toward the chief financial officer, the situation is said to have reached critical mass, and the employee must immediately be disciplined or fired.

2. The point at which a product or company has become sufficiently popular to take off and become commonly used. For example, a company that has posted a profit for three years in a row and has respectable financials may reach critical mass and become extremely attractive to investors.
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In the TDMC calculations, the combing algorithm [17, 20] is applied to maintain the time-bin-wise neutron population because an exponential decrease of the neutron population in an analog TDMC calculation of a subcritical system causes large statistical uncertainties.
When [F.sub.d] is increased up to 2.5, the load declined obviously by 10.26% compared with that of the none embedded one and was very close to the initial subcritical failure load.
Subcritical water extraction was performed in a 200 mL SUS-316 stainless steel tube reactor (MMS-200, OMLABO, JAPAN) with the maximum operating pressure of 20 MPa and temperature of 300[degrees]C.
When the imbibition times are 10 days, 20 days, and 30 days, the B I values are 0.9843, 0.9754, and 0.9851 for samples absorbed in subcritical C[O.sub.2] + NaCl solutions and 0.9757, 0.9713, and 0.9835 for samples absorbed in supercritical C[O.sub.2] + NaCl solution, respectively.
A FSCR (~20 mm long) was used as an optical cell for in situ observations of the phase behaviors of PEN in subcritical water.
and Rahimpour, MA discharge coefficient for a trapezoidal broad-crested side weir in subcritical flow," Flow Measurement and Instrumentation J., vol.
A closed vessel was also used to study the possibility of MAE at higher pressure in order to achieve effective extraction of polyphenols from roselle seeds under subcritical conditions.
Prevalences consistent with the geometric distribution, when analyzed statistically across multiple locations simultaneously, have been observed in trachoma elimination trials at times in which the disease's dynamics are subcritical [4-6].
(8) In contrast, subcritical refrigeration systems operate at conditions below the critical point where phase change, condensation, occurs.
The ultra-supercritical boilers have a very efficiency and very low emissions compared to subcritical and supercritical technology boiler.
The book also includes new discussions on lead-alloy and gas coolants, metal fuel, the use of reactors to consume radioactive waste, and accelerator-driven subcritical systems.