Canada Enters the Nuclear Age: A Technical History of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited as Seen from Its Research Laboratories

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Written by sixteen of Canada's pioneering nuclear scientists, the book focuses on Canada's nuclear program at AECL's laboratories at Chalk River, Ontario, and Whiteshell, Manitoba, between the years 1943 and 1985. Topics include the organization and operations of AECL's laboratories, nuclear safety and radiation protection, radioisotopes, basic research, development of the CANDU reactor, and the management of radioactive wastes. As well as providing a valuable historical perspective on Canadian science, Canada Enters the Nuclear Age offers useful guidance for innovative scientific development in the future, a future that will depend on developing and nurturing technically sophisticated industry.
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The nuclear energy company has overseen the production of its own history, focusing on programs at its laboratories in Chalk River, Ontario, and Whiteshell, Manitoba between 1943 and 1985. The 16 scientists who wrote the narrative discuss the organization and operations of the laboratories, nuclear safety and radiation protection, radioisotopes, basic research, developing the CANDU reactor, managing the radioactive wastes, business development, and revenue generation. Canadian card order number: C97-900188-9. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773516014
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/1997
  • Pages: 448

Meet the Author

Donald Geoffrey Hurst was the President of the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) from 1970 to 1974.
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Table of Contents

1 Overview of Nuclear Research and Development 1
2 Organization, Management and Operations 33
3 Radiation Protection 71
4 Nuclear Reactor Safety Principles 89
5 Radioisotopes 97
6 Basic Research: An Introduction 113
7 Chemistry and Materials Science 117
8 Physics 137
9 Accelerators and Fusion 169
10 CANDU and its Evolution 191
11 Reactor Physics and Control 215
12 Fuel Channels 233
13 Fuel 254
14 Heat Transport System 276
15 Safety Research and Development 294
16 Boiling-Light-Water and Organic-Cooled CANDU Reactors 319
17 Heavy Water 333
18 Advanced Fuel Cycles 353
19 Waste Management 367
20 Business Development, Revenue Generation and the Impact of Change 391
21 Learning from History 407
Index 419
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