Nuclear energy conversion
This text presents and illustrates the conversion of nuclear energy into useful power. Different types of nuclear power plants and reactor designs, their energy conversion principles, cycles, and load-following characteristics are analyzed. Each chapter concludes with homework problems.
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SOME THERMODYNAMIC ASPECTS
THE BOILING REACTOR
BOILINGREACTOR POWER PLANTS
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