The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: From Ore to Waste

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorP. D. Wilson

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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 recycledproducts, 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 aredescribed. 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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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 recycledproducts, waste disposal and progress towar...

P. D. Wilson is at British Nuclear Fuels plc, Sellafield, Seascale.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198565402

ISBN - 13:9780198565406

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Table of Contents

1. Basic principles2. Mining and milling uranium ore3. Fuel fabrication4. Isotopic enrichment of uranium5. Power reactors6. Transport and storage of irradiated fuel7. Reprocessing irradiated fuel8. Recycling uranium and plutonium9. Waste management10. Disposal of fuel or solid wastes11. Environmental radioactivity12. Decommissioning nuclear facilities13. Management of safety14. Future perspectivesGlossaryAppendix I, II, III, and IVIndex

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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 aboutactivities 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.