Nuclear Safety - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128183267

Nuclear Safety

2nd Edition

Authors: Gianni Petrangeli
Paperback ISBN: 9780128183267
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st November 2019
Page Count: 490
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Nuclear Safety, Second Edition provides the most up-to-date methods and data needed to evaluate the safety of nuclear facilities and related processes using risk-based safety analysis. The book addresses lessons learned from the Fukishima 2011 accident, provides further examples of nuclear safety application, and considers the most recent operational events and data. This thoroughly updated resource will be particularly valuable to industry technical managers, operators and experts involved in plant safety evaluation and controls. Sections new to this edition include further examples of applications for safety analysis and new ways to use the book through calculated examples.

Key Features

  • Covers all plant components and potential sources of risk, including human, technical and natural factors
  • Brings together, in a single source, information on nuclear safety normally only found in many different sources
  • Provides up-to date international design and safety criteria and an overview of regulatory regimes


Nuclear industry professionals within government, regulatory, client and contractor organisations: Nuclear safety engineers and assessors; Environmental engineers and agencies; Engineering consultancy service companies; licensed operators of nuclear power plants; Regulators and public policy makers. Students in training academies for nuclear reactor operators. Postgraduate students on Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Safety courses

Table of Contents

  1. Objectives of nuclear safety
    2. Short history of nuclear safety technology
    3. Inventory and localisation of radioactive products in the plant
    4. Safety systems and their functions
    5. Classification of accidents and description of some examples: Classification; Design basis accidents; Beyond design basis accidents
    6. Severe accidents
    7. Dispersion of radioactive releases
    8. Health consequences of releases
    9. The general approach to the safety of the plant and of the site
    10. Defence in depth
    11. Quality assurance
    12. Safety analysis: Deterministic safety analysis; Probabilistic safety analysis
    13. Safety analysis review
    14. Classification of plant components
    15. Notes on some plant components: The reactor pressure vessel; Piping; Valves; Containers
    16. Resistance of plants to earthquakes
    17. Resistance of plants to tornadoes
    18. Resistance to external impacts
    19. Nuclear safety criteria: General characteristics; The U.S. General design criteria; IAEA criteria; EUR criteria; Other sets of general design criteria
    20. Nuclear safety research
    21. Operating experience: Principal sources; Some notable events; The International Nuclear Event Scale
    22. Underground location of nuclear power plants
    23. Underground nuclear tests
    24. Effects of nuclear explosions
    25. Radioactive waste
    26. Safety of fusion reactors
    27. Safety of specific plants and of other activities
    28. Nuclear plants on satellites
    29. Erroneous beliefs in nuclear safety
    30. When can we say that a particular plant is safe?
    31. The limits of nuclear safety: the residual risk


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About the Author

Gianni Petrangeli

Dr. Gianni Petrangeli is Consultant to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) for the preparation of nuclear safety guidelines and participation in safety evaluation missions. He is a researcher for nuclear safety for the European Commission and a member of the Faculty Council for the Doctorate in Nuclear and Industrial Safety, University of Pisa, Italy. Dr. Petrangeli spent time as a Professor of Nuclear & Industrial Safety and Environment at the University of Roma, and at the University of Pisa where he received his Doctorate in Nuclear and Industrial Safety and was also a Professor on Complex Safety Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) and researcher for nuclear safety for the European Commission; member of the Faculty Council for the Doctorate in Nuclear and Industrial Safety, University of Pisa, Italy

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