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Handbook of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780857098511, 9780857098535

Handbook of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

1st Edition

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Editors: Daniel Ingersoll Mario Carelli
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857098511
eBook ISBN: 9780857098535
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 4th September 2014
Page Count: 536
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Table of Contents

Part I Fundamentals of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs)
1 Small modular reactors (SMRs) for producing nuclear energy: an introduction
N. Todreas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2 Small modular reactors (SMRs) for producing nuclear energy: international developments
D. T. Ingersoll, NuScale Power LLC, USA
3 Integral pressurized water reactors (iPWRs) for producing nuclear energy: a new paradigm
M. D. Carelli, formerly of Westinghouse Electric Co., USA
Part II Small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technologies
4 Core and fuel technologies in small modular reactors (SMRs)
A. Worrall, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
5 Key reactor system components in integral pressurized water reactors (iPWRs)
R. J. Belles, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
6 Instrumentation and control technologies for small modular reactors (SMRs)
D. Cummins, Rock Creek Technologies, LLC., USA
7 Human-system interfaces (HSIs) in small modular reactors (SMRs)
J. Hugo, Idaho National Laboratory, USA
8 Safety of integral pressurized water reactors (iPWRs)
B. Petrovic, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
9 Proliferation resistance and physical protection in small modular reactors (SMRs)
R. A. Bari, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
Part III Implementation and applications
10 Economics and financing of small modular reactors (SMRs)
S. Boarin, M. Mancini and M. Ricotti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and G. Locatelli, University of Lincoln, UK
11 Licensing of small modular reactors (SMRs)
R. L. Black, Consultant, USA
12 Construction methods for small modular reactors (SMRs)
N. Town and S. Lawler, Rolls-Royce plc, UK
13 Hybrid energy systems using small modular reactors (SMRs)
S. Bragg-Sitton, Idaho National Laboratory, USA
Part IV International R&D and deployment
14 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of the USA
G. Mays, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
15 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of the Republic of Korea
S. Choi, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Republic of Korea
16 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of Argentina
D. F. Delmastro, Centro Atómico Bariloche (CNEA), Argentina
17 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of Russia
V. Kuznetsov, Consultant, Austria
18 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of China
D. Song, Nuclear Power Institute of China, People’s Republic of China
19 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of Japan
T. Okubo, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan
20 Small modular reactors (SMRs): the case of developing countries
D. Goodman, Consultant, USA


Small modular reactors (SMRs) are an advanced, safe type of nuclear reactor technology that are suitable for small and medium sized applications including both power and heat generation. In particular, their use as individual units or in combination to scale-up capacity offer benefits in terms of siting, installation, operation, lifecycle and economics in comparison to the development of larger nuclear plant for centralised electricity power grids. Interest has increased in the research and development of SMRs for both developing countries as well as such additional cogeneration options as industrial/chemical process heat, desalination and district heating, and hydrogen production. This book reviews key issues in their development as well as international R&D in the field.

Key Features

  • Gives an overview of small modular reactor technology
  • Reviews the design characteristics of integral pressurized water reactors and focuses on reactor core and fuel technologies, key reactor system components, instrumentation and control, human-system interfaces and safety
  • Considers the economics, financing, licensing, construction methods and hybrid energy systems of small modular reactors
  • Describes SMR development activities worldwide, and concludes with a discussion of how SMR deployment can contribute to the growth of developing countries


Engineers and designers working on reactors and nuclear materials, nuclear power operators and regulators, and academics working in this field will find this book a comprehensive resource.


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About the Editors

Daniel Ingersoll

Dr. Daniel Ingersoll is a retired nuclear expert with over 43 years of experience in radiation transport physics and advanced nuclear reactors. Before retiring, he served for 7 years as Director of Research Collaborations at NuScale Power LLC. Prior to joining NuScale, he was Senior Program Manager for the Small Modular Reactors R&D Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he served as National Technical Director for the US Department of Energy’s Small Modular Reactor program. During his 35 years at ORNL, he led several ORNL research organizations conducting radiation transport modeling, reactor shielding experiments, and reactor physics analysis in support of advanced reactor development. Dr. Ingersoll received a B.S. degree in Physics from Miami University in 1973 and a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1977. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and author of the recently published book Small Modular Reactors: Nuclear Power Fad or Future?

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Director of Research Collaborations at NuScale Power LLC, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Mario Carelli

Dr. Carelli retired from Westinghouse in 2012 as Chief Scientist for Research & Technology where he was responsible for identification and implementation of advanced and revolutionary nuclear technologies. Dr. Carelli, who held a series of management posts in advanced science and technologies at Westinghouse, is recognized as a worldwide expert in the design of advanced nuclear reactors. While at Westinghouse, he led an international team of experts spanning 10 countries to develop the International Reactor Innovative and Secure (IRIS) SMR design. He is a graduate of the University of Pisa in Italy with a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Chief Scientist for Research & Technology at Westinghouse Electric Co., Pittsburgh, PA, USA