of Nuclear Engineering

The Handbook of Nuclear Engineering is an authoritative compilation of information regarding methods and data used in all phases of nuclear engineering. Addressing nuclear engineers and scientists at all academic levels, this five volume set provides the latest findings in nuclear data and experimental techniques, reactor physics, kinetics, dynamics and control. Readers will also find a detailed description of data assimilation, model validation and calibration, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, fuel management and cycles, nuclear reactor types and radiation shielding. A discussion of radioactive waste disposal, safeguards and non-proliferation, and fuel processing with partitioning and transmutation is also included.

As nuclear technology becomes an important resource of non-polluting sustainable energy in the future, The Handbook of Nuclear Engineering is an excellent reference for practicing engineers, researchers and professionals. Fills the need for an up-to-date condensed reference on nuclear engineering since 1958.

Decommissioning a nuclear plant (fifth volume) can be defined as the termination of operations and the withdrawal of the facility from service, followed by its transformation into an out-of-service state without radiological risks and, in some cases, its complete removal from the site. Decommissioning activities shall be carried out in a cost-effective manner assigning top priority to health and safety of the general public and the environment, as well as of the decommissioning workers. This chapter covers all aspects related to the closure of the operating life of nuclear plants and provides a description of all the activities and tools involved in both the decision-making and operative processes of decommissioning.

Nuclear plant decommissioning is a complex, long, and highly specialized activity. In some countries, therefore, it is even called “de-construction” because it is in many respects similar to the construction activity and, in addition, it deals with partly activated and contaminated structures. Activities to perform include technological tools, industrial safety, environmental impact minimization, licensing, safety analysis, structural analysis, etc. Other aspects are short- and long-term planning, calculation of cash flow and financing, waste disposal, and spent fuel strategy.

A lot of technical information is drawn from direct experience of nuclear operators. The widely used references are those from the OECD-NEA, UNO-IAEA, US-NRC, and the European Commission. They cover the results of working groups, special studies, comparisons of technologies, and recommendations.

Volumes: Five
Pages: CCLV, 3574

Volume 5: Fuel Cycles, Decommissioning, Waste Disposal and Safeguards
Editor: Dan Gabriel Cacuci
Author: Maurizio Cumo
Contributors: Ugo Spezia, Ivo Tripputi

Springer, USA, 2010
ISBN 978-0-387-98130-7
Price for Italy
: 1.767,99 €