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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title LM Reactor Engineering, Reactor Systems and Non-Destructive Evaluation
SchoolPhysics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Module Code 03 33156
Module Lead TBC
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-104 hours
Tutorial-11 hours
Guided independent study-85 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module is designed to introduce the student to the reasons and techniques for carrying out non-destructive testing. Reactor systems and safety analysis covers all designs of operational power reactors, with in-depth analysis of advantages and limitations. The module also includes detailed coverage of neutron physics and thermodynamics within the reactor core, with theoretical methods of calculating important parameters used in reactor safety and control. The importance and applications of thermal hydraulics and nuclear engineering are covered in detail with an introduction to the environmental implications of nuclear power.

The module comprises the following components:
16368-01 Reactor Physics (22 lectures)
16368-02 Thermal Hydraulics and Reactor Engineering (19 lectures)
16368-03 Reactor Systems II (22 lectures)
16368-04 Reactor Control II (14 lectures)
16368-05 Nuclear Reactor Chemistry (11 lectures)
16368-06 Non-Destructive Evaluation and Testing (16 lectures)
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the different types of nuclear power reactor, with examples of fuel, moderator, coolant and containment design;
  • Understand the safety implications of each reactor design and explain the rationale behind plant layout;
  • Explain the engineering and thermo-dynamics of nuclear reactor design and operation, with particular reference to reactor efficiency and safety;
  • Understand the thermo-hydraulic advantages and limitations of different reactor core designs;
  • Understand the environmental arguments with relation to nuclear power generation and waste management;
  • Explain the reasons for and techniques of non-destructive testing, with application in nuclear power technology;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the limitations and advantages of each non-destructive testing method.
Assessment 33156-01 : Class Test : Class Test (50%)
33156-02 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Class Test (20%); 2 hours Examination (80%)
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