The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: From Ore to Waste

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: From Ore to Waste

Hardback Oxford Science Publications

Edited by P. D. Wilson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 239mm x 31mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198565402
  • ISBN 13: 9780198565406
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: frontispiece, halftones, line drawings, tables
  • Sales rank: 778,771

Product description

Nuclear power issues have long been controversial, and often discussed from an inadequate or mistaken understanding. This book is a factual description of the whole fuel cycle, with individual chapters on specific topics from uranium mining, through the manufacture and use of fuel, to recycled products, waste disposal and progress towards a cleared site. Basic principles, environmental radioactivity (both natural and artificial) and provisions for safety are also covered. The level is pitched at a general scientific readership not necessarily familiar with the concepts, and although the viewpoint is naturally pro-nuclear, the aim is to inform rather than persuade. Where options are disputed, as whether used fuel should br reprocessed or discarded directly, both are described. The account is mainly of current practices, with the reasons for them. A final chapter suggests possible changes in the near or more distant future.

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Different parts of the nuclear cycle are explained clearly and interestingly, with enough technical content to satisfy readers modestly familiar with scientific terminology but not the minute detail of concern only to experts...The book achieves its purpose convincingly, to provide an overall survey of the nuclear industry understandable to readers with some background in science...a readable and most interesting account of one important means of helping to satisfy the world's present and future energy needs Konrad B Krauskoff, Stanford University The book achieves its purpose convincingly, to provide an overall survey of the nuclear industry understandable to readers with some background in science. Emphasis is on the industry as it exists in Great Britain, but enough material is included about the history of the subject and about activities elsewhere to give a balanced picture of the industry on a worldwide basis. The authors have provided us with a readable and most interesting account of one important means of helping to satisfy the world's present and future energy needs.

Table of contents

1. Basic principles ; 2. Mining and milling uranium ore ; 3. Fuel fabrication ; 4. Isotopic enrichment of uranium ; 5. Power reactors ; 6. Transport and storage of irradiated fuel ; 7. Reprocessing irradiated fuel ; 8. Recycling uranium and plutonium ; 9. Waste management ; 10. Disposal of fuel or solid wastes ; 11. Environmental radioactivity ; 12. Decommissioning nuclear facilities ; 13. Management of safety ; 14. Future perspectives ; Glossary ; Appendix I, II, III, & IV ; INDEX