oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Nuclear energy and the civil engineer

Volume 7, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The advent of nuclear energy has given rise to many matters with which the civil engineer is intimately concerned. Some of these are discussed, based on a review of the available literature: the design of structures to resist complicated blast forces caused by atomic weapons, the design and construction of concrete biological shields, the disposal of radio-active wastes, the problems associated with the structural design and erection of nuclear reactors, and the use of radio-isotopes, e.g. in the detection of leaks in pipelines, the study of the flow of water in rivers and the determination of the density and moisture content of soils and concrete. The need for research is indicated. The view is expressed that because of developments in the use of nuclear energy, the civil engineer should become thoroughly versed in the basic sciences of physics and chemistry and that he will have to work in close co-operation with experts in these fields.

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