TITLENuclear Power
PUBLISHERInstitution of Engineering and Technology
CITYLondon, UK

This book examines the nuclear power industry as an electricity source in the United Kingdom, considering such factors as reactor design, operating procedures, fuel enrichment, and the UK’s existing and future nuclear industry. The book offers great detail on various reactor designs, from early reactors of the 1940s and 1950s through designs in use as of 2007 and on to those planned to be in operation by 2030, such as the gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR), the lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR), the molten-salt reactor (MSR), and the supercritical-water-cooled reactor (SCWR). Chapters include discussions regarding plant safety – with particular reference to incidents at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania and Chernobyl in Ukraine – and topics related to nuclear plant operating experience and fueling. The book also assesses the impact of privatization on the UK's nuclear industry. The final chapter explores the scientific feasibility of nuclear fusion as a power source, taking into consideration conditions for reactions, cost, and experimental programs of the 1990s and later. Photographs and diagrams supplement the text, and the book contains a glossary.

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