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22.39 Integration of Reactor Design, Operations, and Safety, Fall 2005

Cutaway schematic drawing of the 'Gen Four' power plant design.
The "GEN IV" (Generation IV) design is a next generation nuclear power plant that produces electricity and hydrogen without any GHG emissions. (Image courtesy of U.S. DOE.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive set of lecture slides, readings, and assignments.

Course Description

This course integrates studies of engineering sciences, reactor physics and safety assessment into nuclear power plant design. Topics include materials issues in plant design and operations, aspects of thermal design, fuel depletion and fission-product poisoning, and temperature effects on reactivity, safety considerations in regulations and operations, such as the evolution of the regulatory process, the concept of defense in depth, General Design Criteria, accident analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and risk-informed regulations.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .exe and .zip. The .in files are input data files.



Professor in Charge:
Prof. Neil Todreas

Prof. George Apostolakis
Prof. Ronald Ballinger
Prof. Michael Golay
Dr. Pavel Hejzlar
Prof. Andrew Kadak
Dr. Edward Pilat

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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