Comprehensive Nuclear Materials discusses the major classes of materials suitable for usage in nuclear fission, fusion reactors and high power accelerators, and for diverse functions in fuels, cladding, moderator and control materials, structural, functional, and waste materials. The work addresses the full panorama of contemporary international research in nuclear materials, from Actinides to Zirconium alloys, from the worlds' leading scientists and engineers.

Key Features

  • Critically reviews the major classes and functions of materials, supporting the selection, assessment, validation and engineering of materials in extreme nuclear environment
  • Fully integrated with, a proprietary database containing useful cross-referenced property data on the lanthanides and actinides
  • Details contemporary developments in numerical simulation, modelling, experimentation, and computational analysis, for effective implementation in labs and plants


The work will be suitable for graduate students and above studying any materials aspect of nuclear science within academia, and engineering, as well as professional nuclear engineers and research scientists.

Table of Contents

Fundamental Properties of Defects in Metals
Fundamental Point Defect Properties in Ceramics
Radiation-Induced Effects on Microstructure
Radiation-Induced Effects on Material Properties of Metals (Mechanical and Dimensional)
Radiation-Induced Effects on Material Properties of Ceramics (Mechanical and Dimensional)
The Effects of Helium in Irradiated Structural Alloys
Radiation Damage Using Ion Beams
Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations for Nuclear Materials
Molecular Dynamics
Interatomic Potential Development
Primary Radiation Damage Formation
Atomic-Level Level Dislocation Dynamics in Irradiated Metals
Mean Field Reaction Rate Theory
Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Irradiation Effects
Phase Field Methods
Dislocation Dynamics
Computational Thermodynamics: Application to Nuclear Materials
Radiation-Induced Segregation
The Actinides Elements: Properties and Characteristics
Thermodynamic and Thermophysical Properties of the Actinide Oxides
Thermodynamic and Thermophysical Properties of the Actinide Nitrides
Thermodynamic and Thermophysical Properties of the Actinide Carbides
Phase Diagrams of Actinide Alloys
The U-F System
Zirconium Alloys: Properties and Characteristics
Nickel Alloys: Properties and Characteristics
Properties of Austenitic Steels for Nuclear Reactor Applications
Graphite: Properties and Characteristics
Neutron Reflector Materials (Be, Hydrides)
Proerties and Characteristics of SiC and SiC/SiC Composites
Proerties and Characteristics of ZrC
Properties of Liquid Metal Coolants
Uranium Oxide and MOX Production
Burnable Poison-Doped Fuel
Thermal Properties of Irradiated UO₂ and MOX
Radiation Effects in UO2
Fuel Performance of Light Water Reactors (Uranium Oxide and MOX)
Fission Product Chemistry in Oxide Fuels
Fuel Performance of Fast Spectrum Oxide Fuel
Transient Response of LWR Fuels (RIA)
Behaviour of LWR Fuel During Loss-of_


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From the Foreword

“Nuclear materials” denotes a field of great breadth and depth, whose topics address applications and facilities that depend upon nuclear reactions. The major topics within the field are devoted to the materials science and engineering surrounding fission and fusion reactions in energy conversion reactors. Most of the rest of the field is formed of the closely related materials science needed for the effects of energetic particles on the targets and other radiation areas of charged particle accelerators and plasma devices. A more complete but also more cumbersome descriptor, thus, would be “the science and engineering of materials for fission reactors, fusion reactors, and closely related topics”. In these areas the very existence of such technologies turns upon our capabilities to understand the physical behavior of materials. Performance of facilities and components to the demanding limits required are dictated by the capabilities of materials to withstand unique and aggressive environments. The unifying concept that runs through all aspects is the effect of radiation on materials. In this way the main feature is somewhat analogous to the unifying concept of elevated temperature in that part of materials science and engineering termed “high-temperature materials”.

Nuclear materials came into existence in the 1950s, and began to grow as an internationally recognized field of endeavor late in that decade. The beginning in this field has been attributed to presentations and discussions that occurred at the First and Second International Conferences on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, held in Geneva in 1955 and 1958. Journal of Nuclear Materials, which is the home journal for this area of materials science, was founded in 1959. The development of nuclear materials science and engineering took place in the same rapid growth time period as the parent field of materials science and engineering. And similarly to the parent field