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Nuclear Power

Book Description

Nuclear Power provides a concise, up-to-date, accessible guide to the most controversial form of power generation. The author includes a comprehensive description of the various methods for generating nuclear power and evaluates the political, strategic, environmental, economic, and emotional factors involved in each method.

The analysis of real-life, tragic examples, such as the accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima help the reader understand the associated risks and dangers of this method of power generation and the radioactive waste it creates. This is a valuable and insightful read for those involved in nuclear power, including power plant designers and engineers, as well as those involved in the protection of society and the environment.

  • Discusses various nuclear reactor designs and methods for generating this type of power
  • Evaluates the political, strategic, environmental, economic, and emotional factors involved in each technology
  • Explores the environmental and economic effects of nuclear power generation through various real-life tragedies, such as the accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Chapter 1. An Introduction to Nuclear Power
    1. Abstract
    2. The History of Nuclear Power
    3. Global Electricity Production From Nuclear Power
  6. Chapter 2. Nuclear Fuel and the Nuclear Resource
    1. Abstract
    2. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
    3. Global Uranium Resources
    4. Uranium Production and Consumption
    5. Thorium
  7. Chapter 3. The Basics of Nuclear Power
    1. Abstract
    2. Nuclear Reactions
    3. Nuclear Fission
    4. Controlled Nuclear Reaction
    5. Breeder Reactions
    6. Fusion
    7. Nuclear Power Plant Conventional Island Components
  8. Chapter 4. Water-Cooled Reactors
    1. Abstract
    2. Water-Cooled Designs
    3. The Boiling Water Reactor
    4. The Pressurized Water Reactor
    5. The Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor
    6. The VVER Reactor
    7. The RBMK Reactor
  9. Chapter 5. Gas-Cooled Reactors
    1. Abstract
    2. The Magnox Reactor
    3. The UNGG Reactor
    4. The Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor
    5. Heavy Water Gas-Cooled Reactors
  10. Chapter 6. Breeder Reactors
    1. Abstract
    2. Plutonium Breeder Reactors
    3. Fast Neutron Reactor Projects, Past and Present
    4. Slow Neutron Breeder Reactors
  11. Chapter 7. Advanced Reactor Design and Small Modular Reactors
    1. Abstract
    2. Third-Generation Reactors
    3. Fourth-Generation Reactor Designs and Concepts
    4. Small Modular Reactors
  12. Chapter 8. Nuclear Fission
    1. Abstract
    2. Fusion Basics
    3. Magnetic Confinement
    4. Inertial Confinement
    5. Tritium Production
  13. Chapter 9. The Environment Effects of Nuclear Power
    1. Abstract
    2. Nuclear Power and Global Warming
    3. Radioactive Waste
    4. Waste Categories
    5. Decommissioning
    6. Normal Power Plant Environmental Effects
  14. Chapter 10. The Cost of Electricity From Nuclear Power Stations
    1. Abstract
    2. Levelized Cost of Energy Model
    3. Capital Cost
    4. The LCOE From a Nuclear Power Station