Nuclear Power: Feasibility Studies



Research for nuclear power was mission-oriented work in the late 1940s but had become partly action research by 1950, when serious, if preliminary, feasibility and design studies began and proceeded alongside more speculative work. Harwell, as we saw, believed that nuclear power belonged to them; though they had turned over the design of a very important but longer-term reactor type — the fast breeder — to Risley in order to absorb potential spare capacity there, they had looked forward to organising and supervising the design and construction of the first power reactor themselves, in association with industry. It was only at the end of the period of this book that responsibility for the design and construction of large power reactors moved, by explicit decision, to Risley.


Power Reactor Fast Reactor Fuel Element Heavy Water Natural Uranium 
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  1. 1.
    See John Cockcroft’s Romanes Lecture (Clarendon Press, 1950).Google Scholar
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    Engineering, CLXXVI, II Sep 1953.Google Scholar

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