New PDF release: An Atomic Empire:A Technical History of the Rise and Fall of

By C N Hill

Britain was once the 1st nation to use atomic strength 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 area combined.

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

The civil programme bumped into additional hassle within the mid-1960s and on account of procrastination within the decision-making strategy, the programme misplaced momentum and successfully died. No nuclear strength stations were equipped on the grounds that Sizewell B within the overdue 1980s.

This booklet offers a examine of presidency papers that experience lately turn into to be had within the public area. For the 1st time in background, the study reactor programme is gifted intimately, besides a research of the decision-making by means of the govt, the Atomic strength Authority (AEA), and the primary 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 construction Piles
  • The British Bomb
  • The Windscale Incident
  • The quick Reactor
  • PIPPA and Calder Hall
  • CTR and ZETA
  • Research Reactors
  • The Magnox Stations
  • The moment energy Programme: The Alternatives
  • The complex Gas-Cooled Reactor
  • The SGHWR
  • DRAGON and the HTR
  • Atomic strength at Sea
  • Finale

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

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