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This subject provides an introduction to nuclear science and engineering. It presents the properties of atomic nuclei, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and selected topics in thermodynamics as required for the analysis of power systems based on nuclear fission. The working principles of nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants are discussed, focusing on pressurised-water reactor systems.
- Introduction to nuclear physics
- Thermodynamics of nuclear power plants
- Nuclear power generation
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Analyse nuclear reactions and radioactive decay series.
- Explain the basic working principles of nuclear reactors, nuclear power plants and their components.
- Perform thermodynamic analysis of nuclear power systems with pressurised-water reactors.
On completion of this subject, students should have the following generic skills:
- Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
- Ability to communicate effectively with the community at large
Last updated: 31 January 2024