Authors: Maurizio Cumo
Addresses: Cattedra di Impianti Nucleari, Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy
Abstract: Some critics say that the continuous increase in the degree of safety of western power plants has led to more and more complex systems to such a degree that the complexity itself is the major threat to safety. In recent years some experts have suggested a second nuclear generation made up of inherently safe plants, i.e. by plants which stop the nuclear chain reaction and cool down naturally when something goes wrong. Since 1984 a new design has been conceived at the Energetics Department of the University of Rome |La Sapienza|. Its name is MARS (Multipurpose Advanced Reactor, inherently Safe). There are two factors which have to be considered: public acceptability and construction times.
Keywords: multipurpose advanced reactors; inherently safe; MARS; nuclear energy; nuclear power plants; NPPs; nuclear safety; public acceptability; NPP construction times.
International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 1995 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.31-33
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