Containment Structures of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants: Background, Regulations, Codes and Standards, and Other Considerations
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This chapter describes the historical description of the evolution of nuclear reactors in the United States. A detailed historical narration is provided in Reference 1. The chapter also provides a brief description of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s demonstration program, in which a number of reactor designs, other than the light water reactor designs, had been investigated, and for one reason or the other, eliminated from consideration.