eBook Materials Ageing and Degradation in Light Water Reactors, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0857097458
  • ISBN-13: 9780857097453
  • DDC: 621.4833
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 440 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Light water reactors (LWRs) are the predominant class of nuclear power reactors operating today; however, aging and degradation can influence their performance and lifespan. Knowledge of these factors is critical to safe, continuous operation. Materials Ageing and Degradation in Light Water Reactors offers a comprehensive guide to deterioration mechanisms and approaches to handling their effects. Part One introduces fundamental aging issues and degradation mechanisms. Beginning with an overview of aging and degradation in LWRs, the book then discusses corrosion in pressurized water reactors and creep deformation of materials in LWRs. Part Two considers materials aging and degradation in specific LWR components. Applications of zirconium alloys in LWRs are discussed, along with the ageing of electric cables. Materials management strategies for LWRs are the focus of Part Three. Materials management strategies for pressurized water reactors and VVER reactors are considered, and the book concludes with a discussion of materials-related problems faced by LWR operators and corresponding research needs. With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Materials Ageing and Degradation in Light Water Reactors is an authoritative review for anyone requiring an understanding of the performance and durability of this type of nuclear power plant, including plant operators and managers, nuclear metallurgists, governmental and regulatory safety bodies, and researchers, scientists and academics working in this area.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contributor Contact Details.
Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy.
1: Fundamental Ageing Issues and Degradation Mechanisms.
2: Overview of Ageing and Degradation Issues in Light Water Reactors (LWRs).
3: Corrosion in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs).
4: Creep Deformation of Materials in Light Water Reactors (LWRs).
5: Materials Ageing and Degradation in Particular Light Water Reactor (LWR) Components.
6: Properties of Zirconium Alloys and Their Applications in Light Water Reactors (LWRs).
7: Performance and Inspection of Zirconium alloy fuel bundle components in light water reactors (LWRs).
8: Ageing of Electric Cables in Light water reactors (LWRs).
9: Materials Management Strategies for Light Water Reactors (LWRs).
10: Materials Management Strategies for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs).
11: Materials Management Strategies for VVER Reactors.
12: Materials-Related Problems Faced by Light Water Reactor (LWR) Operators and Corresponding Research Needs.