Nuclear power has, in recent years, undergone a major transformation, resulting in major technical developments and a new generation of nuclear scientists and engineers. A comprehensive book that reflects the latest nuclear technologies has been lacking-until now. The Nuclear Engineering Handbook is a response to this global resurgence of interest in commercial nuclear power. A broad overview of nuclear power and engineering and their limitless potential, this basic introduction to the field provides an in-depth discussion of power plants and extensive coverage of the nuclear fuel cycle, waste disposal, and related engineering technologies. Organized into three sections-Nuclear Power Reactors, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Processes and Facilities, and Engineering and Analytical Applications-this book addresses the entire nuclear fuel cycle and process. Topics include everything from the mining, milling, and enrichment of uranium and thorium fuel resources, to fuel fabrication, nuclear materials transportation, fuel reprocessing, and safe waste disposal.
This all-encompassing volume discusses current analytical techniques related to nuclear engineering, addressing safety, heat transfer, shielding, thermo-hydraulics, and heat physics. Covering reactor operation and radiation protection, it also outlines the economic considerations involved in building new nuclear power stations instead of large fossil-fueled plants, and elaborates on concerns regarding the control of emissions from the latter. A review of past and current nuclear engineering capabilities, this valuable resource covers the gamut of crucial topics, including historical perspectives, a detailed technological review, and an assessment of the field's future direction. It is an exceptional tool that will help readers to foster optimal understanding and use of nuclear power for electricity generation now and in the future.
Section I: Nuclear Power Reactors Historical Development of Nuclear Power, K. D. Kok Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs), R. Schreiber Boiler Water Reactors (BWRs), K. Theriault Heavy Water Reactors, A. I. Miller, J. Luxat, E. G. Price, R. B. Duffey, and P. J. Fehrenbach High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors, A. Shenoy and C. Ellis Generation IV Technologies, E. A. Harvego and R. R. Schultz Section II: Nuclear Fuel Cycle Nuclear Fuel Resources, S.W. Kidd Uranium Enrichment, N.H. Hurt and W.J. Wilcox, Jr. Nuclear Fuel Fabrication, K.D. Kok Spent Fuel Storage, K.W. Cummings Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing, P. Paviet-Hartmann, B. Benedict, and M.J. Lineberry Waste Disposal: Transuranic Waste, High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel, and Low-Level Radioactive Waste, M. Devarakonda and R.D. Baird Radioactive Materials Transportation, K. Colborn Decontamination and Decommissioning: "The Act of D&D"- "The Art of Balance", C. Voth HWR Fuel Cycles, P.J. Fehrenbach and A.I. Miller Section III: Related Engineering and Analytical Processes Risk Assessment and Safety Analysis for Commercial Nuclear Reactors, Y.F. Khalil Nuclear Safety of Government Owned-Contractor Operated Nuclear (GOCO) Facilities, A.R. Schade Neutronics, R.E. Pevey Radiation Protection, M. Arno Heat Transfer and Thermal Hydraulic Analysis, S.T. Revankar Thermodynamics/Power Cycles, Y. Koizumi Economics of Nuclear Power, J.F. Kunze