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Materials Ageing and Degradation in Light Water Reactors: Mechanisms and Management (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy)by Korukonda L. Murty
Synopses & Reviews
Light water reactors are the predominant class of nuclear power reactors in operation today. However, aging and degradation can influence both the performance and lifetime of components. Knowledge of these factors is therefore critical to the provision of safe, continuous operation in either the short or long term. Routes to measure and mitigate these aging and degradation problems, and to assess residual lifetime, are critical to the materials management, maintenance and safety planning for the plant.
The editor and contributors provide a comprehensive and systematic review of materials aging and degradation mechanisms prevalent in light water reactor environments, the specific effects on the main reactor components, and the applicable mitigation routes and materials management approaches used to handle these effects. Part one introduces fundamental aging issues and degradation mechanisms and discusses corrosion in pressurized water reactors and creep deformation of materials in light water reactors. Subsequent sections consider materials aging and degradation in specific light water reactor components alongside the aging of electric cables and focus on materials management strategies for light water reactors, pressurized water reactors and VVER reactors. The conclusion explores materials-related problems faced by light water reactor operators and corresponding research needs.
As the stakes of mishandling maintenance of nuclear reactors are high, this important book brings forth issues confronting the nuclear industry in terms of materials aging and degrading with particular emphasis on mechanisms and management. It is a compilation of chapters written by experts in the field and is divided into three parts: Fundamental aging issues and degradation mechanisms, Materials aging and degradation in particular light water reactor components, and Materials management strategies for light water reactors.
The main reasons for downtime of light water reactors (LWRs) currently operating are materials-related issues primarily due to material aging and degradation. Degradation of materials is caused by the very aggressive environments to which LWR structures are exposed to, including high neuron fluences, high temperatures along with aggressive environmental factors, such as water and steam.
A major objective of this book is to bring forth issues confronting the nuclear industry in terms of materials aging and degrading with particular emphasis on mechanisms and management. It is a compilation of chapters written by experts in the field and is divided into three parts: Fundamental aging issues and degradation mechanisms, Materials aging and degradation in particular light water reactor components, and Materials management strategies for light water reactors.
About the Author
Korukonda Murty is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He had several years of industrial experience as a senior research engineer at the Lynchburg Research Center of Babcock and Wilcox and as a senior engineer at the Westinghouse R&D Center. Professor Murty's interests include mechanical metallurgy, failure analysis, corrosion and stress corrosion cracking, structure-property relations and embrittlement of nuclear pressure vessel steels. His recent research emphasis has been on electronic packaging materials, dynamical behavior of point and line defects using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and nondestructive evaluation of materials damage. He was the first recipient of the American Nuclear Society's (ANS) Mishima Award for outstanding research in nuclear materials.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Fundamental ageing issues and degradation mechanisms: Overview of ageing and degradation issues in light water reactors (LWRs); Corrosion in pressurized water reactors (PWRs); Creep deformation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs)
Part 2 Materials ageing and degradation in particular light water reactor (LWR) components: Properties of zirconium alloys and their applications in light water reactors (LWRs); Performance and inspection of zirconium alloy fuel bundle components in light water reactors (LWRs); Ageing of electric cables in light water reactors (LWRs)
Part 3 Materials management strategies for light water reactors (LWRs): Materials management strategies for pressurized water reactors (PWRs); Materials management strategies for VVER reactors; Materials-related problems faced by light water reactor (LWR) operators and corresponding research needs
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