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Nuclear Reactor Physics, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-41366-9
808 pages
April 2018
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This third, completely revised edition of the textbook retains the proven concept of complete and balanced coverage of the topic.
The first part looks at basic reactor physics, including, but not limited to nuclear reactions, diffusion theory, reactor dynamics, fuel burnup and reactor safety. The second part then deals with such physically and mathematically more advanced topics as neutron transport theory, resonance absorption and neutron thermalization. For ease of reference, the detailed appendices contain nuclear data, useful mathematical formulas, an overview of special functions as well as an introduction to matrix algebra and Laplace transforms.
With its focus on conveying the in-depth knowledge needed by advanced student and professional nuclear engineers, this text is ideal for use in numerous courses, including nuclear reactor physics, advanced nuclear reactor physics, neutron transport theory, nuclear reactor dynamics and stability, and nuclear reactor fuel cycle physics.
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Table of Contents



1. Neutron Nuclear Reactions
2. Neutron Chain Fission Reactors
3. Neutron Diffusion Theory
4. Neutron Energy Distribution
5. Nuclear Reactor Dynamics
6. Fuel Burnup
7. Nuclear Power Reactors
8. Reactor Safety


9. Neutron Transport Theory
10. Neutron Slowing Down
11. Resonance Absorption
12. Neutron Thermalization
13. Perturbation and Variational Methods
14. Homogenization
15. Nodal and Synthesis Methods
16. Space-Time Neutron Kinetics


A. Some Useful Nuclear Data
B. Some Useful Mathematical Formulas
C. Step Functions, Delta Functions, and Other Exotic Beasts
D. Some Properties of Special Functions
E. Introduction to Matrices and Matrix Algebra
F. Introduction to Laplace Transforms
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Author Information

Weston M. Stacey is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His career spans more than 40 years of research and teaching in nuclear reactor physics, fusion plasma physics and fusion and fission reactor conceptual design. He led the IAEA INTOR Workshop (1979-88) that led to the present ITER project, for which he was awarded the US Department of Energy Distinguished Associate Award and the Department of Energy Certificates of Appreciation. Professor Stacey is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and of the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of several prizes, among them the American Nuclear Society Seaborg Medal for Nuclear Research and the Wigner Reactor Physics Award, and the author of six previous books and numerous research papers.
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