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Reactor Design - 5PMURED4

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 8.0
    • Tutorials : 2.0
    ECTS : 1.0

Goals

Reactors principles and orders of magnitude. General constraints.
Presentation of the major classes of reactors and the different requirements on materials
Design a “reactor concept” knowing the various ingredients : fuel, coolant and moderator

Contact Alexis NUTTIN

Content

1. Main functions of a nuclear reactor

  • Principles of operation
  • First description of each main function in the order of importance from the nuclear point of view
    • fuel, moderator
    • coolant
    • structures
    2. Attempt of classification in terms of coolant, then in terms of moderator
  • First most constraining choice is the coolant selected by its capacity to evacuate heat
  • Constraints in terms of neutronics (absorption, moderation) and thermohydraulics
  • 3 major families: water, gas and metal (each family defines a set of common constraints)
  • Then the moderator can be chosen, with less constraints but subordinated to the coolant ones. This leads to 5 major types of reactors, identified in as PWR/BWR, PHWR (CANDU), RBMK, UNGG and He/Na/Pb fast reactors
    3. Description of specific reactors in terms of constraints for materials
  • About 12 operating reactors to describe


Prerequisites

Tests

The exam is given in english only 

Oral presentation



Additional Information

This course is given in english only EN

Curriculum->Internationals Cursus->Semester 5
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Curriculum->M2RI EMINE->Semester 5
Curriculum->Master RI MANUEN->Semester 5
Curriculum->FSC-MAN->Semester 5
Curriculum->FSC-EMI->Semester 5

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