Fast Spectrum Reactors

  • Alan E. Waltar
  • Donald R. Todd
  • Pavel V. Tsvetkov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 3-22
    3. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 23-38
  3. Neutronics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 49-76
    3. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar
      Pages 77-109
    4. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 111-133
    5. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar, Massimo Salvatores
      Pages 135-185
  4. Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 189-234
    3. Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 235-262
    4. Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 263-298
    5. Baldev Raj
      Pages 299-363
    6. Pavel Tsvetkov, Alan Waltar, Donald Todd
      Pages 365-407
  5. Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. John Sackett
      Pages 411-426
    3. John Sackett
      Pages 427-449
    4. John Sackett
      Pages 451-463
  6. Alternate Fast Reactor Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 487-487
    2. Kevan Weaver
      Pages 489-511
    3. James Sienicki
      Pages 513-532
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 533-720

About this book


Fast Spectrum Reactors presents a detailed overview of world-wide technology contributing to the development of fast spectrum reactors. With a unique focus on the capabilities of fast spectrum reactors to address nuclear waste transmutation issues, in addition to the well-known capabilities of breeding new fuel, this volume describes how fast spectrum reactors contribute to the wide application of nuclear power systems to serve the global nuclear renaissance while minimizing nuclear proliferation concerns. Readers will find an introduction to the sustainable development of nuclear energy and the role of fast reactors, in addition to an economic analysis of nuclear reactors.

A section devoted to neutronics offers the current trends in nuclear design, such as performance parameters and the optimization of advanced power systems. The latest findings on fuel management, partitioning and transmutation include the physics, efficiency and strategies of transmutation, homogeneous and heterogeneous recycling, in addition to valuable fuel cycle results. The systems section covers fuel pin and assembly design, fuel pin performance, overall systems considerations, and a major chapter on core materials—where advances in metal fuels and long-life structural capabilities are featured. The safety section includes both traditional safety analysis techniques as well as a perspective on methods to achieve passive safety response. Whereas the bulk of the book is focused on sodium-cooled fast spectrum systems, a final section features gas-cooled and lead-cooled fast reactor systems.


cross section processing fast breeder reactors fast spectrum reactors fuel management kinetics neutronics nuclear performance parameters nuclear system modelling partitioning and transmutation power systems stochastic modeling sustainable nuclear energy uncertainty analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan E. Waltar
    • 1
  • Donald R. Todd
    • 2
  • Pavel V. Tsvetkov
    • 3
  1. 1.PeshastinUSA
  2. 2.NuScale Power, Inc.CorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Dept. Nuclear EngineeringTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9571-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9572-8
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