The purpose of this Handbook is to provide an introduction to nuclear power reactors, the
nuclear fuel cycle, and associated analysis tools, to a broad audience including engineers,
engineering and science students, their teachers and mentors, science and technology journalists,
and interested members of the general public. Nuclear engineering encompasses
all the engineering disciplines which are applied in the design, licensing, construction, and
operation of nuclear reactors, nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, and finally the
decontamination and decommissioning of these facilities at the end of their useful operating
life. The Handbook examines many of these aspects in its three sections.