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The Risks of Nuclear Energy Technology : Safety Concepts of Light Water Reactors, Hardback Book

The Risks of Nuclear Energy Technology : Safety Concepts of Light Water Reactors Hardback

Part of the Science Policy Reports series


The book analyses the risks of nuclear power stations.

The security concept of reactors is explained. Measures against the spread of radioactivity after a severe accident, accidents of core melting and a possible crash of an air plane on reactor containment are discussed.

The book covers three scientific subjects of the safety concepts of Light Water Reactors: - A first part describes the basic safety design concepts of operating German Pressurized Water Reactors and Boiling Water Reactors including accident management measures introduced after the reactor accidents of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.

These safety concepts are also compared with the experiences of the Fukushima accidents.

In addition, the safety design concepts of the future modern European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) and of the future modern Boiling Water Reactor SWR-1000 (KERENA) are presented.

These are based on new safety research results of the past decades. - In a second, part the possible crash of military or heavy commercial air planes on reactor containment is analyzed.

It is shown that reactor containments can be designed to resist to such an airplane crash. - In a third part, an online decision system is presented.

It allows to analyze the distribution of radioactivity in the atmosphere and to the environment after a severe reactor accident.

It provides data for decisions to be taken by authorities for the minimization of radiobiological effects to the population.

This book appeals to readers who have an interest in save living conditions and some understanding for physics or engineering.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 364 pages, 114 Illustrations, color; 76 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 364 p. 190 illus., 114
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
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  • Category: Nuclear issues
  • ISBN: 9783642551154

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