Materials in a nuclear environment are exposed to extreme conditions of radiation, temperature and/or corrosion, and in many cases the combination of these makes the material behavior very different from conventional materials. This is evident for the four major technological challenges the nuclear technology domain is facing currently: (i) long-term operation of existing Generation II nuclear power plants, (ii) the design of the next generation reactors (Generation IV), (iii) the construction of the ITER fusion reactor in Cadarache (France), (iv) and the intermediate and final disposal of nuclear waste.
In order to address these challenges, engineers and designers need to know the properties of a wide variety of materials under these conditions and to understand the underlying processes affecting changes in their behavior, in order to assess their performance and to determine the limits of operation.
Comprehensive Nuclear Materials 2e provides broad ranging, validated summaries of all the major topics in the field of nuclear material research for fission as well as fusion reactor systems. Attention is given to the fundamental scientific aspects of nuclear materials: fuel and structural materials for fission reactors, waste materials, and materials for fusion reactors. The articles are written at a level that allows undergraduate students to understand the material, while providing active researchers with a ready reference resource of information.
Most of the chapters from the first Edition have been revised and updated and a significant number of new topics are covered in completely new material. During the ten years between the two editions, the challenge for applications of nuclear materials has been significantly impacted by world events, public awareness, and technological innovation. Materials play a key role as enablers of new technologies, and we trust that this new edition of Comprehensive Nuclear Materials has captured the key recent developments.
- Critically reviews the major classes and functions of materials, supporting the selection, assessment, validation and engineering of materials in extreme nuclear environments
- Comprehensive resource for up-to-date and authoritative information which is not always available elsewhere, even in journals
- Provides an in-depth treatment of materials modeling and simulation, with a specific focus on nuclear issues
- Serves as an excellent entry point for students and researchers new to the field
1. Fundamentals of Radiation Effects in Solids 2. Computational Theory, Simulation, and Modelling 3. Oxide Fuel Systems in Thermal and Fast Neutron Spectrum Reactors 4. Advanced Fuel Concepts, Research Reactor Fuels, and Space Applications 5. Radiation Effects in Materials for Fission Energy Systems 6. Radiation Effects in Materials for Fusion Energy Systems 7. Corrosion, Compatibility, and Environmental Effects 8. Spent Fuel Processing and Waste Disposal 9. Basic Properties of Nuclear Materials