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A comprehensive sourcebook on all aspects of nuclear technology. This guide examines the production of nuclear power, describing the structure of the nuclear plant, how the plant operates, and how the fuel cycle works. Topics covered include the relationship between nuclear power and proliferation, the effects of radiation on the planet, the behavior of radiation in the environment, uranium mining, reactor operations, waste disposal and decommissioning.
Table of Contents
Nuclear Technology Summary.
Health, Radiation, and Nuclear Power.
Radiation and the Environment: The Impact of Nuclear Power Facilities.
Mining and Production of Reactor Fuel Materials.
Nuclear Fuel: Its Properties, Design, Fabrication, and Performance.
Light-Water Reactor Systems.
Operation of a Nuclear Power Plant.
Other Power Reactor Types.
Reprocessing of Nuclear Fuel.
Radioactive Waste Disposal.
Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities.
The Safety of Nuclear Power Facilities.
Nuclear Power Regulation.
Nuclear Power Economics.