Nuclear Energy pp 369-370 | Cite as

The Aging Reactor Myth

  • A. David Rossin


Many attacks on nuclear power still include the argument that the LWRs now in commercial service encounter serious operating problems at the age of 4 or 5 years. They claim that this indicates a deterioration and it will inevitably happen to new plants. These claims are still made despite the fact that the “analysis” on which the original charge was based was neither sound nor conclusive, and that operating experience on many more reactors has not only failed to follow the prediction, but has shown the opposite! After the first refueling, LWRs in the U.S. have shown a statistically significant improvement in capacity factors [1].


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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. David Rossin
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  1. 1.Electric Power Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA

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