By Ian Crossland

The nuclear gasoline cycle is characterised through the wide variety of medical disciplines and applied sciences it employs. the improvement of ever extra built-in tactics around the many levels of the nuclear gas cycle consequently confronts plant brands and operators with ambitious demanding situations. The participants and editors supply a accomplished and holistic overview of the whole nuclear gas cycle and describe either key positive factors and the wealth of modern study during this vital box. the outlet sections evaluate the problems offered by means of the nuclear gas cycle - from radiological safeguard and defense, to public reputation and fiscal research – and the front-end of the gas cycle, together with uranium and thorium mining, enrichment and gasoline layout and fabrication. the ultimate sections evaluation either the effect of reactor layout on gas irradiation, and the choices on hand for spent gas reprocessing and radioactive waste administration, together with garage, transportation and disposal.

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The unit of activity is the reciprocal second, representing the number of nuclear transformations (or disintegrations) per second, which is termed the becquerel (Bq). The unit of absorbed dose is the joule per kilogram, termed the gray (Gy). The absorbed dose is the basic physical dosimetric quantity. However, it is not entirely satisfactory for radiation protection purposes because effectiveness in damaging human tissue differs for different types of ionizing radiation. Consequently, the absorbed dose averaged over a tissue or organ is multiplied by a radiation weighting factor to take account of the effectiveness of the given type of radiation in inducing health effects; the resulting quantity is termed the equivalent dose.

25 © Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2012 Nuclear power: origins and outlook 13 increasing total electricity production, nuclear power managed to maintain its share at around 16%. g. fewer scrams and breakdowns) and, coming in towards the end of the period, increases in the rated output of plant resulting from the use of more highly enriched fuel. These developments were often accompanied by plant life extensions so that NPPs whose nominal operational period was 30 years have often been extended to 40 or even 50 years.

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