3rd Edition

Nuclear Systems Volume I
Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals, Third Edition

ISBN 9781138492448
Published January 12, 2021 by CRC Press
926 Pages 88 Color & 272 B/W Illustrations

USD $170.00

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Book Description

Nuclear Systems, Volume I: Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals, Third Edition, provides an in-depth introduction to nuclear power, focusing on thermal hydraulic design and analysis of the nuclear core and other key nuclear plant components. The authors stress the integration of fluid flow and heat transfer as applied to all power reactor types and energy source distribution. They cover nuclear reactor concepts and systems, including GEN III+, GEN IV, and SMR reactors and new power cycles. The text includes new chapter examples and problems using concept parameters, full-color text and art, computer programs, figure slides, and a solutions manual.


  • Rigorous coverage of nuclear power generation fundamentals
  • Description and analysis of the latest nuclear power plant designs and technologies
  • Extensive examples in each chapter to illustrate the analysis methods which have been presented
  • New full-color art and text features to enhance the presentation of topics
  • Integration of fluid flow and heat transfer as applied to single- and two-phase coolants                                                                                                                                                             

Readers will develop the knowledge and design skills needed to improve the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Table of Contents

1. Principal Characteristics of Power Reactors

2. Thermal Design Principles and Application

3. Reactor Energy Distribution

4. Transport Equations for Single-Phase Flow

5. Transport Equations for Two-Phase Flow

6. Thermodynamics of Nuclear Energy Conversion Systems—Nonflow and Steady Flow: Applications of the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics

7. Thermodynamics of Nuclear Energy Conversion Systems—Nonsteady Flow First Law Analysis

8. Thermal Analysis of Fuel Elements

9. Single-Phase Fluid Mechanics

10. Single-Phase Heat Transfer

11. Two-Phase Flow Dynamics

12. Pool Boiling

13. Flow Boiling

14. Single Heated Channel: Steady-State Analysis

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Neil E. Todreas is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He held the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) chair in nuclear engineering from 1992 until his retirement to part- time activities in 2006. He served an 8-year period from 1981 to 1989 as the Nuclear Engineering Department Head. Since 1975, he has been a codirector of the MIT Nuclear Power Reactor Safety summer course, which presents current issues of reactor safety significant to an international group of nuclear engineering professionals. His area of technical expertise includes thermal and hydraulic aspects of nuclear reactor engineering and safety analysis. He started his career at Naval Reactors working on the Shippingport reactor and surface nuclear vessels after earning a BEng and an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University. Following his ScD in Nuclear Engineering at MIT, he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) on organic-cooled/heavy water-moderated and sodium-cooled reactors until he returned as a faculty member to MIT in 1970. He has an extensive record of service for government (Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) and national laboratories), utility industry review committees including INPO, and international scientific review groups. He has authored more than 250 publications and a reference book on safety features of light water reactors. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has received the American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulics Technical Achievement Award, its Arthur Holly Compton Award in Education, and its jointly conferred (with the Nuclear Energy Institute) Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award.

Mujid S. Kazimi was a Professor in the Departments of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the first director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES) and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) chair professor in Nuclear Engineering both at MIT. Prior to joining the MIT faculty in 1976, Dr. Kazimi worked for a brief period at the Advanced Reactors Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. At MIT, he was Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering from 1989 to 1997 and Chair of the Safety Committee of the MIT Research Reactor from 1998 to 2009. He served from 1990 to 2015 as the codirector of the MIT Nuclear Power Reactor Safety summer course. He was active in the development of innovative designs of fuel and other components of nuclear power plants and in analysis of the nuclear fuel cycle options for sustainable nuclear energy. He co-chaired the 3-year MIT interdisciplinary study on the Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, published in 2011. He served on scientific advisory committees at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and several other national agencies and laboratories in the United States, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He authored more than 200 articles and papers that have been published in journals and presented at international conferences. Dr. Kazimi earned a BEng at Alexandria University in Egypt and an MS and PhD at MIT, all in Nuclear Engineering. He was a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his honors is the Technical Achievement Award in Thermal Hydraulics by the American Nuclear Society and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.