Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Materials Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 6730r.grimes




B303cBessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus




Nuclear Materials I - MSE 414


The course will assume students have at least a basic understanding of a reactor system.  The aim is then to develop an appreciation of materials issues associated with nuclear reactor technology and how this information is used when designing reactor systems. A mechanistic description of materials selection for intense radiation fields and the associated degradation mechanisms will be covered for different classes of material with a focus on the specific advantages and disadvantages.  The course will then cover specific cases where materials issues have been crucial to systems performance and a variety of degradation and failure mechanisms as well as the radiation damage processes that brought about these failures.  NB: Although not solely focused on water reactor systems (especially PWR) the course will be aimed at this system