Preface

The technology created after the first self-sustainable nuclear chain reaction taking place in Chicago, USA, at the Chicago Pile-1, in 1942, under the leadership of Enrico Fermi (also called “architect of nuclear age”) constitutes the general framework for the nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics and the present Book. This is the initiation of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) technology. Related cornerstone events or achievements can be summarized as follows:

 Production of electricity by the heat released through undergoing nuclear fission of uranium dioxide

 Use of water as coolant (and also as moderator in the majority of designs) for the region where the chain reaction is sustained, i.e., the core of the reactor

 Construction of ...

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