J. G. Beckerley

  • The Technology of Nuclear Reactor Safety, Volume 2

    reactor Materials and Engineering

    T. J. Thompson and J. G. Beckerley

    Publication of this book completes a project begun with the first volume, Reactor Physics and Control.

    These books are the product of Project SIFTOR (Safety Information for the Technology of Reactors), a coordinated effort sponsored by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to evaluate critically, organize, and generalize the growing body of information concerned with safety problems in reactor design and operation. Many leading authorities have contributed to this project, and their studies range in treatment from normal day-to-day operation to catastrophic accidents. The history of specific accidents is reviewed, as is that of destructive tests (“intentional accidents”). The results of numerous theoretical and experimental studies of reactor excursions (“runaways”) are synthesized by mathematical models. The problems of containing or confining the energy and radioactive debris that would be released by a serious accident at a reactor installation are considered in detail, as are the safety problems associated with nonnuclear phases of reactor design: mechanical components, chemical reactions, fluid flow, and heat transfer.

    Contents“Materials and Metallurgy,” T.O. Ziebold, F. G. Foote, and K. F. Smith • “Nuclear Fuels,” D. H. Gurinsky and S. Isserow • “Mechanical Design of Components for Reactor Systems,” N. J. Palladino • “Fluid Flow,” S. Levy • “Heat Transfer,” H. French and W. M. Rohsenow; “Chemical Reactions,” L. Baker, Jr., and R. C. Liimatainen • “Fission Product Release,” G. W. Parker and C. J. Barton • “Fission Product Behavior and Retention in Containment Systems,” L. Silverman, D. L. Morrison, R. L. Ritzman, and T. J. Thompson • “Radioactive Waste Management,” W. Rodger and S. McLain • “The Concepts of Reactor Containment,” T. J. Thompson and C. R. McCullough • Appendixes • Index

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  • The Technology of Nuclear Reactor Safety, Volume 1

    Reactor Physics and Control

    T. J. Thompson and J. G. Beckerley

    The starting idea for this work, published under the sponsorship of the Atomic Energy Commission, derives from a letter written by the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards of the A.E.C. which suggested “a twenty-five man-year effort” to bring together in one place, and to evaluate, organize and generalize, the twenty years of experience garnered in the field of nuclear reactor safety. In order to realize such an objective, Project SIFTOR (Safety Information for the Technology of Reactors) was organized, out of which now come these unified studies, The Technology of Nuclear Reactor Safety.

    The word “unified” is used to underscore the major cooperative character of the work. In June, 1963, for example, as a step in the realization of the Project's goal, the contributing authors met in a twelve-day conference in order to supplement preceding author-to-author correspondence and discussion. After the conference completed its work, a preliminary manuscript was widely distributed among specialists for purposes of critique and evaluation. A continuing process of up-dating ensued in order that the completed work reflect the very latest possible information.

    Thirty-one authors, each a recognized authority in some phase of nuclear science and technology, have contributed to The Technology of Nuclear Reactor Safety. Their writings mirror the experience of industrial concerns, Atomic Energy Commission laboratories, and university establishments with all the principal reactor types. The divergent experience of the authors when treating identical or related subjects will prove especially valuable to the reader.

    These basic volumes belong in every important technical collection. They will serve the newcomer to the field as well as provide an up-to-date summary for those already engaged in nuclear reactor work. The fundamental character of this major study cannot be overstressed.

    Much of the first volume presupposes a knowledge of nuclear reactor theory, while the second volume requires some knowledge of engineering—mechanical design, materials and metallurgy, fluid flow, heat transfer, chemical engineering and processing, etc. The technically trained scientist or engineer, however, who is capable of reading and understanding a chapter covering his own specialty, will be able to read and appreciate contributions on specialties other than his own, for it was the specific intention of the editors that the volumes be designed to allow a maximum “cross-fertilization” breaking down, wherever possible, barriers between disciplines.

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