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Nuclear Reactor Systems

A technical, historical and dynamic approach

by Bertrand Barré (author), Pascal Anzieu (author), Richarch Lenain (author), Jean-Baptiste Thomas (author)
Collection: Génie Atomique
march 2016
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The evolution of nuclear reactors since the 1942 Fermi experiment can be described along the lines of natural history, with an initial flourish of uninhibited creativity followed by a severe selection process leading to a
handful of surviving species, with light water reactors occupying most of the biotope today.

The is book combines four approaches:

  • A descriptive one. This gives an overview of the main strengths and weaknesses of the different reactor systems.
  • A historical approach, from the 1940’s to nowadays, with an extrapolation to the near future. The LWR dominance being firmly established, what is the next step?
  • An axiomatic approach. Starting with a set of long term criteria concerning the fuel cycle sustainability, a conceptual solution is established, and then a family of reactor systems is selected for development and qualifycation.
  • A dynamic approach. In the early 2000s, the prevailing image combined a “nuclear renaissance”, a strong limitation of the greenhouse gases concentration and a dynamic growth of the world economy. Updating the strategy in the wake of the last decade events requires a sharper understanding of the driving forces as well as of the influence of the post-Fukushima safety framework on the design constraints.

All the books of the “Génie Atomique” series have adopted an instructional approach. Initially intended for INSTN’s students, they can be greatly helpful to physicists and engineers involved in the development or operational aspects of nuclear power.


Paper book


Language(s): English

Audience(s): Students, Professionals

Publisher: EDP Sciences

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Génie Atomique

Published: 3 march 2016

Reference Paper book: L06690

Reference eBook [PDF]: L19850

EAN13 Paper book: 9782759806690

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759819850

Interior: Colour

Format (in mm) Paper book: 16 x 24

Pages count Paper book: 432

Weight (in grammes): 500

Size: 76 Mo (PDF)

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