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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 in spite of the fact that that we invite our readers of the 16th quantity within the assessment sequence, Advances in Nuclear technological know-how and expertise, to take a protracted view. the 2 important roles of nuclear power lie within the army sphere - now not addressed as such during this serie- within the sphere of the centralised creation of strength, and mainly electrical energy new release. The rapid desire for this latter has receded within the present period of constrained economies, vanishing progress premiums and coffee surpluses of oil instantaneous markets of the realm. Nuclear strength has its most vital function as an coverage opposed to the challenging occasions to return. yet will the call for come at a time while the present reactors with their heavy use of average uranium feed shares are for use or in an period the place different features of the gasoline offer needs to be exploited? The time scale is adequately doubtful and the period of the call for so unascertainable good ahead coverage needs to count on that by the point the foremost call for comes, the kind of on hand average uranium can have been principally fed on within the bad convertors of the present thermal fission programme.

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This is especially so at high temperature. 5% Si02) is used. The latter can be employed up to a temperature of around 1270 K (113), and over a wide frequency range (10 2 - 10 10 Hz) the loss factor is less than that of alumina at room temperature at least (119). Glass finds one of its most important uses in insulation as the fibre reinforcement utilised in conjunction ELECTRICAL INSULATION AND FUSION REACTORS 51 with epoxy resin, and here an alkali-free alumino-borosilicate glass known as lEI glass is employed (75).

Up to a dose of 2 x 10 7 Gy the Oak Ridge workers found that in general the materials both mechanically and electrically were serviceable, although some deterioration in properties was noted that might require design revisions with respect to the properties they were expected to retain at such a dose (92). By 10 8 Gy, though, serious reduction in the physical properties of the majority of the materials had taken place. Table IV (103) shows the results of the room temperature investigation of electrical properties following irradiation at 5 K.

2 K under neutron and gamma radiation should therefore be investigated. Breakdown at liquid helium temperature will most certainly be electronic in nature as the variation of the breakdown strength of all polymers with temperature follows the same general form as shown in Figure 32. The breakdown strength is almost constant at low temperatures and falls off rapidly above a certain critical temperature where thermal effects can occur. What has been described by O'Dwyer (46) as the best currently available concept of purely electrical breakdown is that space charge which is formed by relatively immobile holes produced by collisional ionization causes field distortion and intensification at the cathode.

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