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Nuclear Reactor Analysis [Paperback]

James J. Duderstadt , Louis J. Hamilton
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January 1, 1976 0471223638 978-0471223634 1
Classic textbook for an introductory course in nuclear reactor analysis that introduces the nuclear engineering student to the basic scientific principles of nuclear fission chain reactions and lays a foundation for the subsequent application of these principles to the nuclear design and analysis of reactor cores. This text introduces the student to the fundamental principles governing nuclear fission chain reactions in a manner that renders the transition to practical nuclear reactor design methods most natural. The authors stress throughout the very close interplay between the nuclear analysis of a reactor core and those nonnuclear aspects of core analysis, such as thermal-hydraulics or materials studies, which play a major role in determining a reactor design.

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  • Paperback: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471223638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471223634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This book is one of the two "Bibles" of Nuclear Engineering. LaMarsh's "Introduction to Nuclear Engineering" is the other IMHO. For those interested in a broad overview of Nuclear Engineering, it is my opinion that you should start with the LaMarsh book. Duderstadt's book contains a lot more math and can be difficult to follow without some solid math background and a few Nuc Eng courses under your belt. There are a few cases in the book where a series of equations leading to a conclusion skip a few steps. It's not as bad as the old "A=B and from this we see that e = mc2!" joke, but some work is required.
That said, this books drawbacks are also its strengths. It has stood the test of time [my copy is over 20 years old] and will probably remain relevant for another 20 years. It is to my knowledge well prepared and error free, and a must-have for anyone interested in nuclear reactor engineering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars _Nuclear Reactor Analysis_: A Good Place to Start January 19, 1998
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A good, solid, book for a undergraduate student in nuclear engineering or anyone with a physical sciences background who is interested in learning more about nuclear power operations and analysis. Very clear text with plenty of information on topics (i.e., reactor design) that often confuse students. -Mike Walker Thorsvedtt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great testbook for Nuclear Reactor Analysis September 28, 2005
This is a great introductory textbook for Nuclear Reactor Analysis/ One-Speed diffusion model/Multigroup Diffusion method and core design. It was published a while ago - in 1976, but remains to be one of the best textbook on the topic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Need a master's degree to understand February 20, 2012
By Ben
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I got this book for a class and it was the professor's first time teaching. He couldn't help us much so we were forced to learn from this book on our own. It was almost impossible for us(about 5 students) to learn from this book. I ended up buying LaMarsh's "Introduction to nuclear reactor theory". It was the same info and much easier to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive text on Nuclear Engineering February 22, 2010
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Chances are good that if you are studying nuclear engineering you will encounter this book and many others that reference it, and for good reason. This book is well written in a conversational style that explains difficult concepts clearly with a dash of humor. The book has not been updated in something like 30 years but the science has not changed and I have found no major mistakes or typos.

This book is well worth buying if you are a little ways in to your studies, but probably a bit over the head of a beginning student.
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