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Nuclear Materials Science

Karl Whittle


Concerns around global warming have led to a nuclear renaissance in many countries, meanwhile the nuclear industry is warning already of a need to train more nuclear engineers and scientists, who are needed in a range of areas from healthcare and radiation detection to space exploration and advanced materials as well as for the nuclear power industry. Here Karl Whittle provides a solid overview of the intersection of nuclear engineering and materials science at a level approachable by advanced students from materials, engineering and physics. The text explains the unique aspects needed in the design and implementation of materials for use in demanding nuclear settings. In addition to material properties and their interaction with radiation the book covers a range of topics including reactor design, fuels, fusion, future technologies and lessons learned from past incidents. Accompanied by problems, videos and teaching aids the book is suitable for a course text in nuclear materials and a reference for those already working in the field.

About Editors

Karl Whittle is Chair in Nuclear Engineering at Centre for Materials and Structure at University of Liverpool. He joined after a move from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Previous to that Professor Whittle was research leader at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in nuclear materials science. In particular, he was focused on the effects of radiation damage, how it can be ameliorated and materials designed for the next-generation nuclear reactor technologies, both fission- and fusion-based. Before that he worked in postdoctoral research positions at the universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and Bristol.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Reactor designs 3 Material requirements 4 Radiation damage 5 Radioactive waste implications of damage 6 Fuels 7 Cladding 8 Structural materials 9 Future designs 10 Fusion 11 When it went wrong and lessons learnt


Hardback ISBN: 9780750311052

Ebook ISBN: 9780750311045

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1104-5

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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