Nuclear Power Development and Severe Accident Research in China



From a technological viewpoint, the development of nuclear power technology worldwide has undergone four generations. Most of the nuclear power plants (NPPs) operating nowadays belong to the second generation. After the accidents of TMI and Chernobyl, intensive efforts were made to improve the safety features of the second-generation NPPs, and the third generation of nuclear power technology was developed. The main motivation driving the further development of light water reactor (LWR) technology consists of three aspects, i.e., safety, sustainability, and economics, as indicated in Fig. 5.1.


Mixed Convection Critical Heat Flux Steam Explosion View Factor Reactor Pressure Vessel 
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The author’s colleagues of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, especially Prof. Y.H. Yang, contributed significantly to this chapter with their research results and fruitful discussions.


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  1. 1.Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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