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State of the art nuclear reactors?

  1. Mar 10, 2005 #1


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    I have a report to write title "state of the art nuclear reactors" however the content of this is up to my own interpretation.I have taken "state-of-the-art" to mean the highest level of development of a device/ technique at a particular time, so what would this mean in terms of nuclear reactors, and what does a "state-of-the-art" nuclear reactor give us, (i.e. ideal power generation is cheap, efficient, safe, accessible, environmentally friendly, morally sound, etc)

    I had two ideas:

    1) Development/ improvement of current reactors.
    2) Development of new reactors i.e. fusion reactors. (but do these count if they are not used yet?)

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  3. Mar 10, 2005 #2


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    The current state of the art in PWR technolgy would be the N4 plant and EPR, both built by Areva.

    Areva's N4 PWR plant

    Avreva's European Pressurized-Water Reactor

    and Westinghouse (BNFL) offers is AP-600 and AP-1000.

    Westinghouse Nuclear Plants

    The next generation plants are Gen IV.

    Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems

    In BWR technology, there is GE's (with Hitachi and Toshiba) ABWR.

    Toshiba ABWR

    UC Berkeley's Nuclear EngineeringABWR page.

    GE's Nuclear Plant and Instrumentation Page.

    There is plenty more information, but these are a good start.

    Also read this thread - https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=64525&page=1

    Fusion Energy is still in the research phase, and there are no practical fusion plants for electrical generation at the moment.
  4. Mar 10, 2005 #3


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    Check out:

    Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory:


    Courtesy of PBS's Frontline:


    Courtesy of the Nuclear Engineering Dept. of the
    University of California at Berkeley:


    Dr. Gregory Greenman
  5. Mar 13, 2005 #4


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    Thanks for your help guys, I think there is more than enough there to get me started on the report.

    Thanks again

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