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Nuclear Reactor Physics, 3rd Edition

Nuclear Reactor Physics, 3rd Edition

Weston M. Stacey

ISBN: 978-3-527-81230-1

Feb 2018

128 pages



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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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