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New book tells history of Integral Fast Reactor

Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor

“Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor” by Charles E. Till and Yoon Chang gives the history of the IFR at Argonne. The book is now available on

Jan. 13, 2012
The scientific, engineering and political history of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is the subject of a new book by Charles E. Till and Yoon Chang, who together led the IFR program at Argonne from its inception as a laboratory initiative in 1984 until 1994 when its funding was cancelled.

Titled “Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor” and written for non-specialists in reactor technology, the book is dedicated to “… Argonne National Laboratory and the team of the many hundreds of scientists and engineers and other disciplines and trades who dedicates a substantial portion of their working lives to making real the many benefits arising from and inherent in the technology of the Integral Fast Reactor.”

The IFR was a pool-type reactor cooled by liquid sodium and designed to be proliferation-proof. It used metallic fuel and a closed fuel cycle that enabled the use of nearly 100 percent of the energy available from natural uranium. The full technology was successfully demonstrated at Argonne-West, the site formerly operated by Argonne on the site of what is now Idaho National Laboratory.

The book is available from Preview it online or go on to, and simply enter “Plentiful Energy.”


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