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The Nuclear Propulsion of Merchant Ships: Aspects of Risk and Regulation

Carlton, J., Smart, R. & Jenkins, V. (2010). The Nuclear Propulsion of Merchant Ships: Aspects of Risk and Regulation. Paper presented at the Lloyd’s Register Technology Days 2010, Feb 2010, London, UK.


The paper first considers the underlying nuclear physics and then explores the potential application of that science to the propulsion of merchant ships. In achieving that aim the paper examines the options for the exploitation of nuclear technology and considers some of the engineering implications of deploying the technology. Consideration is then given to the application of nuclear propulsion to a series of ship types including tankers, container ships and cruise vessels. In each case two sizes of ship are chosen, one of fairly conventional size and the other much larger.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Copyright Lloyd's Register 2010
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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