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International Journal of Nuclear Exergy


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International Journal of Nuclear Exergy (3 papers in press)


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  • Coupling pressurised water reactor with large scale SWRO desalination plant: an economic assessment   Order a copy of this article
    by Ghada Al Bazedi, Mohamed Sorour, Shadia Tewfik, Heba Hani, Abdelghani M. G. Abulnour 
    Abstract: Tight water management via rational use and reuse practices, as well as water desalination, are the key elements for mitigation of water shortage constrained by the availability and sustainability of affordable energy sources. Nuclear power-based desalination has been adopted in different countries with appropriate cost and performance indicators. This paper addresses small-scale nuclear systems as a reliable and cost-effective energy alternative for large-scale desalination plants. An empirical cost model has been derived and validated based on reported cost indicators and selected cases. Financial indicators of a 150,000 m3/d seawater desalination plant coupled with a small nuclear reactor have been estimated. The unit capital cost ranges between 3 and 11 M$/MWe. In addition, the cost indicators of nuclear desalination-steam cycle system SWRO (conventional pretreatment), specific cost range between 0.046-0.064 $/kWh and 0.62-0.667 $/m3 for energy and water, respectively. Cost indicators of different desalination systems powered by different energy alternatives show that product water cost ranges between 0.62-0.779 $/m3 when applying nuclear power as an energy source for RO, RO/MED, and MED, and when applying oil/gas as an energy source the product water cost ranges between 1.12-1.89 $/m3.
    Keywords: nuclear desalination; reverse osmosis; SMRs; PWR; cost function.

  • The methodology of calculating the concentration of elements in a sample using the neutron activation analysis method   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdessamad Didi, Ahmed Dadouch, Jaouad Tajmouati, Hassan Bekkouri 
    Abstract: The determination and the identification of the concentrations of the elements in a material or in a sample know a great variety either concerning the type of the method or the instruments used. The main method is the neutron activation analysis, which emerged during 1936, two years after the discovery of artificial radioactivity and four years after the discovery of neutron by James Chadwick. This method has become the favoured method. The purpose behind the construction of nuclear research reactors is to give this method a wide use all over the world. That is, the main objective of this study is to present the methodology followed in the analysis of the spectra produced by the detection instruments (detector and calculating machines) and to the comparison of the results found with results certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
    Keywords: neutron activation; methodology; spectre; gamma spectrometry.

  • Resource distribution and performance of complex systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Alexander Kryanev, Valentin V. Matokhin, Daria E. Sliva, Vladimir V. Haritonov 
    Abstract: This paper considers an entropic approach to solving the problem of finding the optimal resource distribution within a complex system and its subsystems. The entropic approach allows not only to monitor the optimality of resource distribution, but also to develop recommendations on distribution readjustment in adaptive mode and dynamic conditions.
    Keywords: multi-agent systems; efficiency; entropic approach; adaptation potential; variability; adaptation potential maximisation principle; balance state; stability; system condition monitoring.