An Atomic Empire:A Technical History of the Rise and Fall of by C N Hill

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By C N Hill

Britain used to be the 1st nation to use atomic power on a wide scale, and at its top within the mid-1960s, it had generated extra electrical energy from nuclear energy than the remainder of the realm combined.

The civil atomic strength programme grew out of the army programme which produced plutonium for atomic guns. In 1956, Calder corridor energy station used to be opened by means of the Queen. The very subsequent 12 months, one of many early Windscale reactors stuck hearth and the world's first significant nuclear coincidence occurred.

The civil programme bumped into additional trouble within the mid-1960s and as a result of procrastination within the decision-making technique, the programme misplaced momentum and successfully died. No nuclear energy stations were outfitted on the grounds that Sizewell B within the overdue 1980s.

This e-book offers a research of presidency papers that experience lately turn into to be had within the public area. For the 1st time in historical past, the learn reactor programme is gifted intimately, in addition to a research of the decision-making via the govt, the Atomic strength Authority (AEA), and the valuable electrical energy Board (CEGB). This ebook is aimed toward either experts in nuclear energy and the public as a technical historical past at the improvement and supreme failure of the British atomic power programme.


  • Introduction
  • Atomic Physics
  • People and Places
  • The British creation Piles
  • The British Bomb
  • The Windscale Incident
  • The quickly Reactor
  • PIPPA and Calder Hall
  • CTR and ZETA
  • Research Reactors
  • The Magnox Stations
  • The moment strength Programme: The Alternatives
  • The complicated Gas-Cooled Reactor
  • The SGHWR
  • DRAGON and the HTR
  • Atomic power at Sea
  • Finale

Readership: Readers with an curiosity within the heritage of atomic strength within the UK.

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