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News article1 October 2020

JRC imprint on the 2nd edition of Comprehensive Nuclear Materials

Comprehensive Nuclear Materials 2nd Edition, Cover
Comprehensive Nuclear Materials 2nd Edition
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Materials play a key role as enablers of new technologies and this new edition of Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, with the JRC scientist Rudy Konings as editor-in-chief, is a complete collection of the key recent developments. Most of the chapters from the first Edition have been revised and updated and a significant number of new topics are covered in completely new material.

Materials in a nuclear environment are exposed to extreme conditions of radiation, temperature and/or corrosion, and in many cases the combination of these makes the material behaviour very different from conventional materials. This is evident for the four major technological challenges the nuclear technology domain is facing currently: (i) long-term operation of existing Generation II nuclear power plants, (ii) the design of the next generation reactors (Generation IV), (iii) the construction of the ITER fusion reactor in Cadarache (France), (iv) and the intermediate and final disposal of nuclear waste.

In order to address these challenges, engineers and designers need to know the properties of a wide variety of materials under these conditions and to understand the underlying processes affecting changes in their behaviour, in order to assess their performance and to determine the limits of operation.

Comprehensive Nuclear Materials 2nd Edition provides broad ranging, validated summaries of all the major topics in the field of nuclear material research for fission as well as fusion reactor systems. Attention is given to the fundamental scientific aspects of nuclear materials: fuel and structural materials for fission reactors, waste materials, and materials for fusion reactors. The articles are written at a level that allows undergraduate students to understand the material, while providing active researchers with a ready reference resource of information. The book can be found on Elsevier website.


Publication date
1 October 2020