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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title General Nuclear Power Technology
SchoolPhysics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Module Code 03 16369
Module Lead Dr B R More
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions MSc Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors (compulsory)
Description This module covers in detail the physics of reactor operation, reactor poisons and the control and measurement systems designed for optimum and safe operation. An introduction to the many facets of decommissioning of redundant plant is covered with introductory financial appraisal, covering the economics of operation, cash flow, balance sheets and profit/loss accounting.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:Discussion fission product generation and the origins and properties of delayed neutrons;Understand the importance of reactor poisons and temperature dependent reactivity feedback effects in power reactor systems;Solve kinetic equations and have knowledge of reactor start-up and shut-down procedures;Understand the physics of control theory and clearly explain system optimisation and methods of measurement;Calculate the financial health of a business or project through use of cash flow analysis, balance sheets and profit/loss accounting;Explain the case for project continuation or termination and understand the basis for project management controls;Understand and calculate the cost and time implications of decommissioning redundant nuclear plant;Explain the different technologies available and the environmental implications of waste disposal and storage.
Assessment 16369-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
16369-03 : Class Test : Class Test (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Class Test (20%); 2 hours Examination (80%)
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