Desalination in nuclear plants: a bibliometric study of research activity in scientific literature indexed by SCOPUS base
( Vol-4,Issue-12,December 2017 )

Alberto Almeida dos Santos, Cristóvão Araripe Marinho, Julio Vieira Neto, José Rodrigues de Farias Filho


bibliometric study, desalination, nuclear power plants, scientific literature.


With the scarcity of fresh water, desalination is an important instrument to be considered for the production of non-salinized water through waste heat in the dual use of nuclear reactors. The gap that this study seeks to fill is related to the use of bibliometric method, based on information structure, about the scientific studies indexed on the evolution of the topic desalination in nuclear power plants. The objective of this work is to map the themes in the scientific literature between 1966 and the first semester of 2017. Data were collected from the research activities indexed by the SCOPUS database and analyzed with the support of bibliometric software VOSviewer. Among others, the results of the research led to the following conclusions: (1) the articles published in indexed journals represent the largest percentage of the type of instrument used for scientific dissemination, representing 64% of the documents; (2) it is estimated that between the years 2016 and 2025 the indexed research activities involving nuclear desalination continued to grow sharply.

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