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Dr. Bal Raj Sehgal is recognized as one of the top-tier nuclear scientists in the world. He has contributed to the fields of reactor safety, physics, and engineering for 40+ years, through his involvement in R&D at two major US national laboratories (Argonne and Brookhaven), the Electric Power Research Institute, Purdue University, MIT, University of California at Berkeley and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. He is internationally recognized for his research publications, and for his many contributions to the profession, particularly in the realm of light water reactor design and analysis. Dr. Sehgal was appointed as Chair Professor of Nuclear Power Safety at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1991, where he initiated and developed a large research program on reactor safety, which is supported by the US, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and the EU, and is considered to be one of the finest in the world. For the past 22 years, Dr. Sehgal has been active in the "Severe Accident" area, managing projects at major players such as Westinghouse, and General Electric, and serving as a reviewer to NRC and the OECD (CSNI). Dr. Seghal has lectured extensively at conferences and institutions across the globe, from Sao Paolo and Stuttgart to Beijing and Kyoto. Prof. Sehgal is active in the nuclear power safety community in the US, Japan, Europe and Sweden. He has been invited to provide expert review of the technical aspects of research programs from Italy to the US and Russia, and has coordinated several very large European Union (EU) research programs. Prof. Sehgal has published extensively over his career, having produced more than 360 peer-reviewed papers and reports in various esteemed journals and conference proceedings. He served as the North American Executive Editor of the Pergamon Press journal "Progress in Nuclear Energy," and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Elsevier's journal, "Nuclear Engineering and Design . He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from the American Nuclear Society, including the Glenn Seaborg Medal, as well as the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society in 1983, a Fellow of the ASME in 1998, and as the foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2003. 47 organizations from 24 countries (including Europe plus the USA, Canada, Korea, India, Japan) have come together to network their capacities of research in SARNET (Severe Accident Research NETwork of Excellence). Their aim is to resolve the most important remaining uncertainties and safety issues on severe accidents in existing and future water-cooled nuclear power plants. After a first project in the 6th Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission, the SARNET2 project, coordinated by the IRSN, started in April 2009 for 4 years in the FP7 frame. Joint research projects are performed by the partners through new experiments, physical modelling and model implementation in computer simulation codes. For dissemination of knowledge, the network organizes periodic education courses and it has gathered 45 authors to write this book, inclusive of approximately 30 years of research on the phenomenology of severe accidents.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
welcome addition to the field 17. April 2012
Von Terri J. Rice - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Nuclear Safety in Light Water Reactors: Severe Accident Phenomenology", edited by Bal Raj Sehgal, is a
recent Academic Press publication supported by the Severe Accident Network (SARNET) of the European
Commission. This is a textbook designed for students and young researchers in the field. It is the desire
of the authors to impart understanding about the complex physics of severe accidents. It contains the
results of severe accident research conducted over the last 15 years in Europe, and groundbreaking
research conducted in the United States many years previous.

This book was conceived as a textbook and was written and coordinated, chapter by chapter, by
acknowledged experts in the different disciplines of the severe accident field. Incorporating the
most recent experimental and analytical developments, including preliminary findings following
the Fukushima incident, it is noted that this is an active field of research. Some issues remain open,
uncertainties exist that will need more research, modeling, and validation.

I found the book well organized, beginning with a historical review of light water reactor safety
assessments, the safety design basis, and major unintended events such as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl,
and Fukushima. This if followed by considerations of in-vessel core degradation and containment
failure. Particularly helpful are sections on fission product release and transport, and severe accident
management. These allow the student to make sense of the bewildering mix of radioactive elements
released during a severe accident and the consequences involved.

This is a very approachable book and a welcome addition to the field.
1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A very good overview 28. März 2012
Von T.M. Reader - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have nearly two decades in nuclear power operations including some time in the Navy, operations and training for two major electric utilities, and some upper level nuclear engineering course work. I've been away from the industry for nearly another two decades (the fundamental science of light water reactors has not, and will not change), and opened this book eagerly, hoping to catch up on changes and trends. I was not disappointed. It's a great comprehensive nuclear safety overview, and totally up to date through Fukushima. More on the book later, but first a comment on a couple of other reviewers.

I was struck by two of the reviews. One missing the mark, and one dead on. The one that missed suggested that this book, if read and heeded, will hopefully prevent accidents like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima. Grossly oversimplistic. There is so much to say here, I can't even begin to address it (it's likewise also too much to stuff even into the book under discussion here). The nuclear industry in the United States operates under a safety culture in extremis. Even going back more than 30 years to pre-Three Mile Island, we find that the accident was generally contained and worker exposure was not acutely lethal. Public exposure was generally below the threshold of measurement. Chernobyl on the other hand really does not qualify to be part of this discussion. It was a graphite moderated reactor (not light water like American reactors). It was cheap to build, operate and refuel. There was no culture of safety. Public and worker exposure following the accident was deadly. But I digress.

The other Amazon review that drew my attention was by reviewer "Graves" and titled, "Who is the target audience?", Graves point being that this book is too technical for the neophyte, and not nearly comprehensive or specific enough to be the basis the safety engineering/operations/maintenance package for an operating or planned plant. Graves is right on. I suggest that there is some target here. They are at the periphery. Perhaps the corporate CEO not previously versed in nuclear power (but having to start somewhere), or perhaps the nuclear power critic that needs to learn at least the basics regarding what they are criticizing.

Back to the book. Reasonably accessible and comprehensive for a one volume study of an ultra complex, controversial, and multi-faceted subject. If you don't know anything about nuclear power operations, engineering and safety - but have an interest and some technical/engineering athleticism - then this is a very very good resource. If you know little to nothing about nuclear power but are professionally connected to it and need to start learning - then this is a good resource. If you are an employed safety engineer or operator at a commercial light water reactor and don't already know (essentially) everything in this book, maybe you were hired by mistake.
Nice read, well organized, informative 29. Juli 2012
Von J. Leeman - Veröffentlicht auf
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I don't have extensive experience in the nuclear field, but I was able to follow most of the material with just a single course in nuclear engineering. The volume is a compilation from multiple authors. It begins with a history of light water safety and examines incidents such as the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents. Having read the basic descriptions of these accidents meant for general public consumption this was a nice dive in the deeper aspects of the accidents. Preliminary finding on the Fukushima incident in Japan were also covered which was very interesting and informative. The volume then progresses through core degradation, containment failure, fission release, and accident management.

While, as I've said, you don't need an extensive science background to get the ideas discussed, it does help to be familiar with terminology. There were several times I was consulting book "Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering" by Shultis and Faw or looking things up online. The way the book was written (by carefully coordinated authors) seemed to work well as far as flow and style, but occasionally terminology changed or was poorly explained causing initial confusion.

Overall I recommend the book if you have at least some scientific background and are intensely interested in this fascinating material. A math background will give you a deeper understanding (as with any scientific subject), but isn't strictly necessary. I'd consider this a broad overview of the field intended for higher level folks as it's not in depth enough for operations workers (as pointed out by another reviewer).
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Well assembled collection of research 15. März 2012
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If the subject of Nuclear Safety in Light Water Rectors is a topic of interest, or something you actively need information on, then this is definitely the book for you.

It's a well assembled collection of the latest research on the topic, including coverage of the Fukushima accident up through June 2011. The book also gives historical accounts of the TMI-2 and Chernobyl accidents, and does a good job of providing the historical context that explains how we got to where we are in terms of reactor design.

The book goes on to talk about the different failure modes of a light water reactor and the current research and understanding as to how various failures proceed.

The text is very readable, though I've taken away a star for inconsistency in whether acronyms are explained the first time they are used. They are in many cases, but not in others, and the book is actually not so densely technical that every reader should be expected to know all the abbreviations used. A glossary would also have helped, as would a couple pages giving a schematic diagram of a typical light water reactor system for reference.

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Who is the target audience 24. Februar 2012
Von Graves - Veröffentlicht auf
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In his "Nuclear Safety in Light Water Reactors: Severe Accident Phenomenology" Dr. Bal Raj Sehgal has put together a rather comprehensive book on all the things that can go wrong with a nuclear reaction and hopefully how to avoid it. That having been said I would wonder why anyone would buy it?

I don't mean there is a problem with the quality of the book or the scholarship, there isn't. For anyone not in the business it can be slow going. My concern though is that if you are the person charged with the safety of a nuclear reactor I would hope your training would be a bit more than reading up a book you bought on line. And if it is, why are you using this?

Ultimately I'm left wondering who the core audience is? I suspect most buyers will be people willing to read through the technical details to better understand things such as the 2011 Fukashima disaster in Japan, and to look to be prepared for future issues. If you ARE using this as your primary resource while responsible for a nuclear power plant, Please tell me you live in Springfield and have a son named `Bart."
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