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Safety, security and safeguards are critical requirements in the operation of nuclear facilities. This subject presents the safety aspects and safety assessment methods of nuclear power plants. Nuclear security and safeguards are discussed in the context of the nuclear fuel cycle.
- Nuclear fuel cycle
- Fundamentals of nuclear safety
- Safety systems and safety features of nuclear reactors
- Probabilistic safety assessment
- Nuclear security and safeguards
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the components of the nuclear fuel cycle.
- Describe the objectives and principles of nuclear safety, and how the safety features of modern reactor designs address these.
- Analyse the function of the safety systems
- Apply the probabilistic safety assessment methodology to a nuclear power system.
- Analyse and evaluate methods of achieving nuclear security and of mitigating the risks of nuclear proliferation.
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