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Nuclear Engineering Handbook - Chapter 1.4: VVER-type reactors of Russian design

Gado, J.; Rohde, U.; (Editors)


The Russian designed VVER-type reactors represent a special kind of pressurised light water reactors. The most important features of the VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactor series are presented here by the representatives of the Russian design company OKB “GIDROPRESS”, Podolsk, Russian Federation.
Design and basic safety properties are described in details, mentioning the differences between various reactors. VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactors are presented separately. The successful operational experience of the two series is summarised together with data on decommissioned reactors.

Keywords: VVER-type reactors; pressurized water reactors; basic design; safety features; operation experience; decommissioning

  • Contribution to external collection
    D. G. Cacuci, J. Gado, U. Rohde: Handbook of Nuclear Engineering; Vol.IV - Reactors of Generation III and IV, Chapter 20: VVER-Type Reacctors of Russian Design, Heidelberg: Springer, 2010, 978-0-387-98130-7


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