2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CAPE3331 Nuclear Operations
20 creditsClass Size: 80
Module manager: Dr X Jia
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryNuclear energy will be a major part of the UK's strategy to generate low (no) carbon energy. To understand how the technology fits into that strategy, as well as how the UK nuclear industry has developed into one of the largest in the world, you need to know about a wide range of operations across the nuclear fuel cycle.This module looks at nuclear fission from the reactor to disposal of the wastes. It will take you through the science and engineering behind reactor operations, nuclear fuel recycling and disposal, as well as all aspects of waste treatment. Nuclear decommissioning, is one of the largest areas of industrial activity in the UK and the module covers this. The module will also give you the basic understanding of the nuclear physics and chemistry behind these operations, as well as the engineering.The module is suitable for students with a background in STEM subjects.
ObjectivesAt the end of the module, students will have a detailed understanding of the science and engineering that underlies current nuclear operations, within the UK and worldwide.
Students will develop an understanding of operations in the nuclear industry as component of an integrated nuclear fuel cycle.
- Fundamental chemistry and physics pertaining to nuclear operations
- Principles of nuclear operations
- Reactor operation
- Nuclear safety
- Comparison of UK versus international practices
- Spent fuel treatment and disposal
- Nuclear waste treatment
- Reactor decommissioning
- Legacy decommissioning
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Private study- Completion of assignments
- Independent study of the issues raised by the lectures
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Performance in assignments and in-class tests.
- Contributions to discussions in tutorial sessions.
Methods of assessment
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Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 12/07/2022
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