U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1 Page: 1-52
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Fig. 1.16. Multiple Containment Shown with Boiling-Water Reactor.
1.4.5 State of the Art
As nuclear power comes increasingly into contention as one of the
economic means of generating electricity, costs such as those associated
with containment will come under increasing scrutiny. Indeed, the scru-
tiny is even now well under way, as evidenced by the substantial research
and development programs. The further exploitation of engineered safe-
guard techniques could have as decisive an effect on nuclear technology
in the next decade as the concept of dependence upon the containment en-
closure had in the past. Included in the extensive research and develop-
ment programs are the many projects reviewed in Chapter 12.
For the immediate future, nuclear plants will continue to incorporate
containment enclosures. Which containment system to use with a particular
reactor is still an open question, although the experience of the past
decade can narrow the choice somewhat. Table 1.12 presents a qualitative
attempt to relate reactor and containment system, first on the basis of
"apparent" compatibility and second on the basis of experience. The
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Cottrell, William B. & Savolainen, A. W. U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1, report, August 1965; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc101033/m1/80/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.