Radiological Aspects of BWR Systems

  • Robert Prince


The other major LWR design currently in widespread use throughout the world is the boiling water reactor (BWR). The distinguishing design feature of the BWR is that water is allowed to boil in the reactor vessel in contrast to the PWR design described in Chap. 2, in which water in the primary system is maintained under high pressure to preclude boiling. Many of the BWR units currently in operation are of the General Electric (GE) design. The first GE unit to enter commercial operation was the Humboldt Bay plant near Eureka, California. The Humboldt Bay plant has subsequently been decommissioned. In addition to GE, ASEA-Atom (Sweden), Toshiba and Hitachi (Japan), among others, are other suppliers of BWR-designed reactor types.


Reactor Vessel Recirculation System Main Steam Boiling Water Reactor Waste Treatment System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Prince
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  1. 1.US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Marquis One TowerAtlantaUSA

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