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By Hamish MacKinnon Banford (auth.), Jeffery Lewins, Martin Becker (eds.)

John Maynard Keynes is credited with the aphorism that the long term view in economics has to be taken within the mild that "in the long term we're aU dead". it's not in any spirit of gloom even though that we invite our readers of the 16th quantity within the evaluate sequence, Advances in Nuclear technology and expertise, to take an extended view. the 2 important roles of nuclear strength lie within the army sphere - no longer addressed as such during this serie- within the sphere of the centralised creation of strength, and mainly electrical energy iteration. The speedy desire for this latter has receded within the present period of constrained economies, vanishing progress charges and low surpluses of oil instant markets of the realm. Nuclear strength has its most vital position as an assurance opposed to the difficult instances to return. yet will the call for come at a time whilst the present reactors with their heavy use of normal uranium feed shares are for use or in an period the place different features of the gasoline provide has to be exploited? The time scale is adequately doubtful and the period of the call for so unascertainable brilliant ahead coverage needs to count on that by the point the key call for comes, the quite on hand usual uranium can have been principally fed on within the negative convertors of the present thermal fission programme.

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BANFORD fast neutrons, which in turn will cause further ionization as they are brought to rest. In most cases where solid dielectrics are exposed to penetrating radiation a certain proportion of this charge becomes trapped (81). From work on the use of such materials for radiation dosimetry (105, 106) it is beyond doubt that this will happen with coil insulation. At very low temperatures the possibility exists of enhanced charge trapping, with very much reduced carrier mobilities, being temperature dependent, and probably increased trap densities caused by frozen-in radiation damage.

Or will react in other possible ways such as with the oxygen of the environment to form peroxides. The presence of oxygen during irradadiation does in fact affect the rates at which degradation and cross-linking occur. As a material is irradiated more than one reaction proceeds at any given time. Gas evolution, cross-linking and degradation can readily occur simultaneously, but for any given material the different reactions occur at different rates. As a rule of thumb materials which have a single side group cross-link, while those with two side groups attached to the same tetra-substituted carbon atom degrade (21).

The electrical properties which require to be retained under severe conditions are the dielectric breakdown strength including surface flashover for post insulators in devices like direct convertors, resistivity and, especially for waveguide insulators, the dielectric loss factor tan o. Some room-temperature breakdown work has been done with single-crystal alumina after irradiation to 10 26 m- 2 at elevated temperature and no reduction in strength was noted. However there is generally little information on the ELECTRICAL INSULATION AND FUSION REACTORS 49 electrical properties of heavily damaged ceramics (52), although plans are in hand to remedy this lack.

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