Detailed module information
Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.
The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.
Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook, for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.
Introduction to Nuclear Energy B
ECTS units: 5
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the issues surrounding the use of nuclear energy.
2. Explain the course that nuclear power development has taken, and its present position.
3. Explain the underlying physical basis of the generation of energy from nuclear processes.
4. Explain the main engineering issues in capturing this energy and using it to generate electricity.
5. Perform basic reactor physics and thermal hydraulic calculations
6. Critique, assess and review articles, publications and statements regarding nuclear power, demonstrating a deep understanding of the technology and its issues and an appreciation of the way this is communicated
Energy release from fission
The collective behaviour of neutrons
Basic reactor physics computations
Basic nuclear thermal hydraulics
Particular materials issues for nuclear power
Nuclear safety and accidents
The economics of nuclear power
Fission as opposed to fusion
|Assessment type||Assessment description||Weighting||Pass mark||Must pass?|
|Examination||3 Hour exam (50% MCQ, 50% long essay question)||100%||50%||Y|