Nuclear Safety in Light Water Reactors

Severe Accident Phenomenology

Edited by

  • Bal Raj Sehgal, Emeritus Chair Professor of Nuclear Power Safety, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

This vital reference is the only one-stop resource on how to assess, prevent, and manage severe nuclear accidents in the light water reactors (LWRs) that pose the most risk to the public. LWRs are the predominant nuclear reactor in use around the world today, and they will continue to be the most frequently utilized in the near future. Therefore, accurate determination of the safety issues associated with such reactors is central to a consideration of the risks and benefits of nuclear power. This book emphasizes the prevention and management of severe accidents to teach nuclear professionals how to mitigate potential risks to the public to the maximum extent possible.
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Audience

Engineers in national safety authorities and supporting Technical Safety Organizations (TSOs); Engineers at nuclear plant utility companies; Plant Designers; Researchers in national laboratories and nuclear research institutes

 

Book information

  • Published: December 2011
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-388446-6


Table of Contents

I. LIGHT WATER REACTOR (LWR) SAFETY, A HISTORICAL REVIEW
II. IN-VESSEL CORE DEGRADATION
III. EARLY CONTAINMENT FAILURE
IV. LATE CONTAINMENT FAILURE
V. FISSION PRODUCT RELEASE AND TRANSPORT
VI. SEVERE ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT
VII. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF THE ACCIDENT
VIII. INTEGRAL CODES FOR SEVERE ACCIDENT ANALYSES
APPENDIX 1: Corium thermodynamics and thermophysics
APPENDIX 2: Severe accidents in CANDU (PHWR)