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Fundamentals of Nuclear Power Generation

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati via NPTEL

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Overview

The depleting stock of fossil fuels and global concern over the preservation of environment has projected nuclear energy as a very relevant option, particularly considering the near-zero emission and huge resource availability. From technological point of view, nuclear power production is quite different from the conventional thermal plants and therefore it is the need of the hour to grasp the essentials at an early level. Present course introduces the students to the fundaments of nuclear power generation. Starting from the atomic structure, students will be gradually familiarized with different concepts, finally leading to the design of different reactors. Important topics such as nuclear waste management, biological impact of radiation and safety issues pertinent to handling nuclear fuels will also be discussed.

 

Syllabus

Week - 1: Fundamentals of Nuclear Power
Week - 2: Radioactivity & Nuclear reactions
Week - 3: Nuclear Fission
Week - 4: Chain Reaction in Reactors
Week - 5: Reactor Thermalhydraulics
Week - 6: Reactor Control
Week - 7: Thermal Reactors
Week - 8: Breeder Reactors
Week - 9: Nuclear Fusion
Week - 10: Biological Effects of Radiation
Week - 11: Reactor Safety and Security
Week - 12: Waste Management and Economics

Taught by

Dipankar N. Basu

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