Hatch 1 Cynthia Hatch Br.

Hepner FDENG 201 10/07/2011 Research Proposal Topic: My research will be focused on nuclear power and how it is utilized by world. This topic can be of interest to everyone that is relying on both rural and urban power grids. I will research this topic under: nuclear power, nuclear energy, alternative power resources, nuclear power plants, and radioactive decay. Issue:   Is nuclear power a safe and viable power resource? Are there more environmentally friendly and socially acceptable ways of using nuclear power?  Are there other alternative sources of power that are as viable as nuclear power?

Significance: With the shortage of fossil fuels and the growing need for power worldwide, we find ourselves in a tight position to supply that power. Nuclear energy is a possible solution to the this dilemma. Everyone that relies on a power grid should interest in where that energy is coming from.

Hatch 2 My hope is that through this paper I will be able to find and express a better understanding of nuclear energy. This will allow me to come to my own decisions on whether or not nuclear power should be explored and utilized. I also hope to be able to help others make accurate and informed decisions on the subject in the future. Many people have misunderstanding concerning nuclear energy. I hope to be able to clarify those misgivings so that others can have a better understanding of how nuclear energy is utilized. The target audience of my paper is the general public, or in this case fellow students of Brigham Young University-Idaho. In the future though, I hope to be able to use this information to persuade everyone to truly understand nuclear energy and its potencial. Background: Nuclear power is gleaned from the energy given off as nuclear fission is performed on radioactive material. Several methods have been developed to gain this energy in the search for safe and efficient methods. Though my knowledge of nuclear power is limited, I am interested in it topic because I am interested in find truth; and I want to know the truth concerning nuclear energy. Being a physics major at this university has given me some opportunity to be exposed to the subject of nuclear energy. I have had the opportunity to attend colloquiums on the topic of nuclear energy and I have teachers who had close dealings with nuclear power. I also have access to experts in the field of nuclear energy that I can consult with on the topic.

Hatch 3 Methods: First I plan to better acquaint myself with the subject of nuclear energy so that I can have a better understanding of the processes involved. Then I plan to research the how nuclear power is being used today by reviewing articles and interviewing local experts. Then I’ll explore alternative power sources other than nuclear energy and how effective they would be.

Works Cited: Charles W., Forsberg. "Sustainability by Combining Nuclear, Fossil, and Renewable Energy Sources." Progress in Nuclear Energy 51.1 (2009): 192-200. Print.

Discribes the possibility of incorporating many different sources of energy in order to meet the energy needs of future generations.

Menniti, Daniele, Alessandro Burgio, and Nadia Scordino. "Population Growth, Sustainable Development, Energy Resources and Environmental Protection: The Nuclear Option". Power Tech, 2007 IEEE Lausanne. 2007. 1812-1816. Print.

Discusses the growing need for sustainable energy resources and explores the possibility of nuclear energy being the solution to this need.

Nuclear Energy. Ed. Debra A. Miller. Detroit: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.

A book that addresses the risks of using nuclear energy as a power source, including the environmental effects of nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Power. Ed. Lauri S. Friedman. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.

Hatch 4 A discussion on the pros and cons of utilizing nuclear energy.

Rashad, S. M. "Future of Nuclear Energy Worldwide Strategies and Policies". Radio Science Conference, 2008. NRSC 2008. National. 2008. 1-17. Print.

This article reviews the issues that need to be addressed when considering the use of nuclear energy. These issues include safety, management of spent fuel and public perceptions.

Riley, P. "Nuclear Energy: A Sustainable Future?" Engineering Management Journal 12.2 (2002): 97-104. Print.

This article is a description of the laws and regulations surrounding the use of nuclear energy. Also includes a discussion on the apparent favored opinions concerning nuclear energy.

Takagi, R., et al. "A Fuel Cycle Concept for Self-Consistent Nuclear Energy System." Progress in Nuclear Energy 29, Supplement.0 (1995): 471-6. Print.

A brief discussion on self sufficient nuclear power plants.

Tashimo, Masanori, and Kazuaki Matsui. "Role of Nuclear Energy in Environment, Economy, and Energy Issues of the 21st Century – Growing Energy Demand in Asia and Role of Nuclear." Progress in Nuclear Energy 50.2-6 (2008): 103-8. Print.

An observation of the use of nuclear energy in Asia and how it has impacted their society.

Hatch 5 Turner, W., and J. Western. "Nuclear Energy's Role in a More Sustainable Future". Opportunities and Advances in International Electric Power Generation, International Conference on (Conf. Publ. No. 419). 1996. 81-86. Print.

Another discussion on nuclear energy's potential to meet energy demands in the future.

Chapman, C., et al. "Valuing the Flexibility of Alternative Sources of Power Generation." Energy Policy 24.2 : 129-36. Print.