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Reference books on Canada's nuclear history

 

Peaceful-Uses-of-Atomic-Energy-USA-Dept-of-State-June-1955

Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy
USA Dept of State June 1955

Eldorado: Canada's National Uranium Company

Eldorado: Canada's National Uranium Company
by Robert Bothwell, University of Toronto Press, 1984

Nucleus: The History of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Nucleus: The History of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
by Robert Bothwell, University of Toronto Press, 1988

Nuclear Pursuits: the scientific biography of Wilfrid Bennett Lewis

Nuclear Pursuits: the scientific biography of Wilfrid Bennett Lewis
by Ruth Fawcett, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994

Canada Enters the Nuclear Age: a technical history of  	Atomic Energy of Canada Limited as seen from its research laboratories

Canada Enters the Nuclear Age:
a technical history of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited as seen from its research laboratories

Edited by D.G. Hurst, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997

Isotopes and Innovation; MDS Nordion's First Fifty Years, 1946 - 1996

Isotopes and Innovation:
MDS Nordion's First Fifty Years, 1946 - 1996

by Paul Litt, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000

The Politics of CANDU Exports

The Politics of CANDU Exports
by Duane Bratt, University of Toronto Press, 2006

Canada's Nuclear Story

Canada's Nuclear Story
by Wilfrid Eggleston, Clarke Irwin, 1965

 



 

Web links (CNS and external) on Canada's nuclear history

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CBC Archives
A fascinating collection of video and audio material on nuclear topics is available from the archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, available at http://archives.cbc.ca/300c.asp?IDCat=75&IDDos=104&IDLan=1&IDMenu=7.   If this link fails, go to the CBC Archives and select "Science and Technology" on the side bar (also known as "Science and Innovation"), then "Candu: The Canadian Nuclear Reactor".



CANTEACH
The CANTEACH project is an AECL - CNS Universities Committee initiative, begun in January 2000, to produce technical educational material on CANDU reactors.    Many thanks to McMaster University Engineering Physics professor and CNS member Bill Garland for spearheading and maintaining this initiative.   There are six reports (PDF format), in the extensiveTechnical Documents Library, describing the evolutionary history of CANDU reactor systems:

  • "CANDU origins and Evolution", paper in 5 parts, by Gordon L.Brooks and John S. Foster, CTTD-0003;
    • Part 1 of 5 - "An Overview of the Early CANDU Program, Prepared from information provided by John S. Foster", by John S. Foster and Gordon L. Brooks, 2001 February, (50 kB pdf), CTTD-0003-01-r1. Summary: While the name 'CANDU' was not adopted until the 1960's, the CANDU program can be considered to have started in early 1954. At that time, a team, called the Nuclear Power Group, was established to undertake studies intended to identify a potential Canadian nuclear power system. While the team operated under the auspices of AECL and was located in Building 456 at AECL's Chalk River Laboratory, its membership was drawn from a cross-section of Canadian utility and industrial organizations supported, as required, with "nuclear" expertise provided by AECL staff.
    • Part 2 of 5 - "Why CANDU", prepared by Gordon L. Brooks, 2001 February, (30 kB pdf), CTTD-0003-02-r1 .Summary: This monograph is intended to answer, in simple terms, the question of "Why CANDU"; that is, why the CANDU nuclear power reactor is the way it is and why it differs from other commercially developed nuclear power reactors, particularly the light water type of reactors originally developed in the United States and now used in many countries.
    • Part 3 of 5 - "Figure of 8", prepared by Gordon L. Brooks, 2001 February, with note added by Daniel Meneley discussing the Darlington and CANDU 9 heat transport system, (30 kB pdf), CTTD-0003-03-r2. Summary: This monograph discusses the origins and early evolution of the basic "figure of 8" heat transport system arrangement that has been employed in most CANDU reactors to date.
    • Part 4 of 5 - "Emergency Core Cooling System", prepared by Gordon L. Brooks, 2001 February, (40 kB pdf), CTTD-0003-04-r1, . Summary: This monograph discusses the origins and evolution of the emergency core cooling systems provided for CANDU reactors.
    • Part 5 of 5 - "The Origin and Evolution of the Second Shutdown System ", prepared by Gordon L. Brooks, 2001 February, (45 kB pdf), CTTD-0003-05-r1. Summary: The historical origins of the second shutdown system, as applied to Bruce-A and all subsequent CANDU reactors, are discussed in two parts. The first deals with the evolution of licensing requirements for a second shutdown system and the second deals with the origins of the fast liquid poison injection system chosen for the second shutdown system.

     

  • A Short History of the CANDU Nuclear Power System, prepared by Gordon L. Brooks, (150 kB pdf), CTTD-0010.Summary: This paper provides a short historical summary of the evolution of the CANDU nuclear power system with emphasis on the roles played by Ontario Hydro and private sector companies in Ontario in collaboration with Atomic Energy of Canada limited (AECL).