Table of Contents
International Journal of Nuclear Energy
Volume 2014, Article ID 793908, 7 pages
Research Article

The Impact of Climate Changes on the Thermal Performance of a Proposed Pressurized Water Reactor: Nuclear-Power Plant

1Department of Mechanical Power Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, AL-Azhar University, Nasr City, Cairo 11371, Egypt
2Nuclear Power Plants Authority, 4 El-Nasr Avenue, P.O. Box 8191, Nasr City, Cairo 11371, Egypt

Received 17 February 2014; Accepted 14 March 2014; Published 10 April 2014

Academic Editor: Massimo Zucchetti

Copyright © 2014 Said M. A. Ibrahim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a methodology for studying the impact of the cooling water temperature on the thermal performance of a proposed pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant (PWR NPP) through the thermodynamic analysis based on the thermodynamic laws to gain some new aspects into the plant performance. The main findings of this study are that an increase of one degree Celsius in temperature of the coolant extracted from environment is forecasted to decrease by 0.39293 and 0.16% in the power output and the thermal efficiency of the nuclear-power plant considered, respectively.