ANS publishes new materials science textbook

August 25, 2021, 7:02AMANS News

ANS has published the second volume of Light Water Reactor Materials, by Donald R. Olander and Arthur T. Motta. The textbook is for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for researchers in the field. Volume II, Applications, complements the first volume, Fundamentals, published in 2017.

Motta is a professor and graduate program chair in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Pennsylvania State University. Olander passed away in April of this year. (See a remembrance of Olander written by Motta in Nuclear News, July 2021, p. 117.) Olander's career spanned nearly 50 years at the University of California–Berkeley, where he mentored an entire generation of nuclear materials engineers—including Motta. Following his retirement in 2007, Olander and his former doctoral student—Motta—coauthored Light Water Reactor Materials.

The textbook features 30 chapters (15 per volume) and a total of nearly 1,500 pages. Both the materials science and the nuclear engineering topics needed to understand the behavior of materials in-reactor are covered. Volume I and volume II are available in the ANS Store now.

Following the publication of volume I, Nuclear News published an interview with Motta (NN, Nov. 2017, pp. 22–24), which can be found online here.

The two volumes of Light Water Reactor Materials can be purchased individually or as a bundle.