Chapter

Nuclear safety

in Nuclear Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584970
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777875 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.003.0005

Series: Very Short Introductions

Nuclear safety

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Nuclear Power and Engineering
  • Nuclear Issues (Environmental Science)

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

‘ Nuclear safety’ explains the risks associated with the use and production of nuclear power and responds to some of the concerns frequently raised. We can rule out the possibility of a nuclear explosion: nuclear power stations do not have weapons-grade fuel on-site. The automatic shut-down of reactors is a result of fail-safe engineering — if the reactor begins to operate outside its design parameters it closes itself down. It was precisely the lack of fail-safe engineering that resulted in the Chernobyl disaster. The safety record of nuclear power stands favourable comparison with any other global industry of a similar scale.

Keywords: bomb; exposure; hydrogen; radiation; radon

Chapter.  5067 words. 

Subjects: Nuclear Power and Engineering ; Nuclear Issues (Environmental Science)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.