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Covering both fundamental and advanced aspects in an accessible way, this textbook begins with an overview of nuclear reactor systems, helping readers to familiarize themselves with the varied designs. Then the readers are introduced to different possibilities for materials applications in the various sections of nuclear energy systems -- whether fuel rod assembly, steam generators, or piping. Materials selection and life prediction methodologies for nuclear reactors are also presented in relation to creep, corrosion and other degradation mechanisms, while the final chapter touches upon such advanced topics as materials for space nuclear reactors, fusion reactors and other topics of interest. An appendix compiles useful property data relevant for nuclear reactor applications. Throughout the book, there is a thorough coverage of various materials science principles, such as physical and mechanical metallurgy, defects and diffusion and radiation effects on materials, with serious efforts made to establish structure-property correlations wherever possible. Each chapter is followed by a summary, recommended references and problems. With its emphasis on the latest developments and outstanding problems in the field, this is both a valuable introduction and a ready reference for experienced practitioners.
K. Linga Murty has been on the faculty of the Nuclear Engineering department at North Carolina State University since 1981 and has been teaching courses in Nuclear Materials. Dr. Murty received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics (Materials) from Cornell University (USA) in 1970. He has been awarded numerous awards including the American Nuclear Society Mishima Award (1993), and is the author or coauthor of more than 260 technical papers.
Indrajit Charit has been a member of the research staff of the Nuclear Engineering department at North Carolina State University since 2005. He received his Ph.D. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (USA) in 2004. Dr. Charit has spent about 8 years working on various research programs involving structural materials. He has published and/or presented more than 30 papers.
Table of Contents
1. Overview of Nuclear Reactor Systems and Materials Selection Bases