Nuclear Energy: Principles, Practices, and Prospects
Market: Scientists in nuclear engineering, engineering students, and government policy makers with technical backgrounds. This book presents an objective view of nuclear energy as an important source for future energy needs. It discusses various types of reactors, the nuclear fuel cycle, the problem of nuclear waste disposal, reactor accidents, safety and new types of reactors that are being considered, and the cost of electricity from nuclear power. Additional themes include the problem of nuclear weapons, their storage, and, very important, their disposal as nuclear arsenals are pared down.
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NUCLEAR POWER DEVELOPMENT
NATURAL RADIOACTIVITY AND RADIATION EXPOSURES
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alpha particles alpha-particle atomic mass atomic number average bomb breeder reactor burn-up cancer canister capacity factor chain reaction Chernobyl Chernobyl accident coal construction control rods coolant cooling costs countries cross section effects electricity emission enrichment estimates example facilities fissile fossil fuels fraction fuel cycle GWyr half-life heat increase initial isotopes light water reactors LWRs mass number material moderator natural neutron capture neutron energy North Korea nuclear energy nuclear power nuclear reactors Nuclear Waste nuclear weapons nuclei nuclides operation output overall particles plutonium possible power plants pressure projected radiation exposures radioactive decay Radioactive Waste radionuclides radon ratio reactor safety release repository reprocessing risk sources spent fuel steam storage Table temperature thermal neutrons tonnes U.S. Department U.S. Nuclear United uranium utilities void coefficient waste disposal Yucca Mountain