Engineering of Nuclear Reactors

Simplified schematic showing reactor core, turbine, and generator.

The Supercritical-Water-Cooled Reactor (SCWR) system is a high-temperature, high-pressure water cooled reactor that operates above the thermodynamic critical point of water. The SCWR system is primarily designed for efficient electricity production. (Image courtesy of the Idaho National Laboratory.)


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Fall 2007



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This course covers the engineering principles of nuclear reactors, emphasizing power reactors. Specific topics include power plant thermodynamics, reactor heat generation and removal (single-phase as well as two-phase coolant flow and heat transfer), and structural mechanics. It also discusses engineering considerations in reactor design.

Jacopo Buongiorno. 22.312 Engineering of Nuclear Reactors, Fall 2007. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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