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An Introduction to the Engineering of Fast Nuclear Reactors


  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034648

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  • An invaluable resource for both graduate-level engineering students and practising nuclear engineers who want to expand their knowledge of fast nuclear reactors, the reactors of the future. This book is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to all aspects of fast reactor engineering. It covers topics including neutron physics; neutron flux spectra; flux distribution; Doppler and coolant temperature coefficients; the performance of ceramic and metal fuels under irradiation, structural changes, and fission-product migration; the effects of irradiation and corrosion on structural materials, irradiation swelling; heat transfer in the reactor core and its effect on core design; coolants including sodium and lead-bismuth alloy; coolant circuits; pumps; heat exchangers and steam generators; and plant control. The book includes new discussions on lead-alloy and gas coolants, metal fuel, the use of reactors to consume radioactive waste, and accelerator-driven subcritical systems.

    • A concise but comprehensive introduction to all aspects of fast reactor engineering - fast reactors are increasingly seen as important to the future development of nuclear power
    • Covers not only the familiar type of fast reactor (critical sodium-cooled oxide-fuelled uranium-cycle breeders) but also the alternatives and possible future developments currently of interest (lead or gas coolant, metal or nitride fuel, accelerator-driven reactors, thorium-cycle breeders, and consumers of nuclear waste)
    • Benefits from the author's forty years of experience with fast reactors
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034648
    • length: 299 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 116 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: what fast reactors can do
    How fast reactors have been developed
    General references
    1. Physics
    2. Fuel
    3. Reactor core
    4. Coolant circuits and steam plant
    5. Safety.

  • Author

    Anthony M. Judd, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    Tony Judd has more than forty years' experience in nuclear engineering, including as Chief Technologist for Fast Reactors, responsible for the entire UK national fast reactor R&D programme. His unique experience includes managing the operation of a fast reactor power station, time at the Argonne National Laboratory (United States), and time at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. In addition to his research publications and presentations, Judd is the author of Fast Breeder Reactors: An Engineering Introduction.

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