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Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
Prerequisites
22.211, 22.312
Textbooks and Readings
There is no required textbook for the course. Readings will be assigned from various regulatory, industry, and scientific sources.
Assignments
Students are required to complete nine homework problems and a midterm paper on national nuclear energy strategy.
Grading
ACTIVITIES  PERCENTAGES 

Homework (Weighted, see below)  35% 
National Nuclear Energy Strategy Paper  20% 
Midterm Oral Exam  10% 
Final Oral Exam  35% 
Homework Weighting
The score of each homework problem will be adjusted in accordance with the following relative weighting:
PROBLEMS #  MAXIMUM SCORES 

1  20 
2  60 
3  15 
4  25 
5  40 
6  25 
7  10 
8  50 
9  20 
Calendar
LEC #  TOPICS  INSTRUCTORS  KEY DATES 

1  Nuclear Energy System Strategies  Prof. Todreas  
2  Design Goals and Interrelationship of Core Design Parameters  Prof. Todreas  
3  Thermal Hydraulic Design Requirements  LWR Steady State and Transient Design  Prof. Todreas  Problem 1 due (topic of Lec #2) 
4  Thermal Hydraulic in Safety Analysis  Prof. Todreas  
5  Reactor Physics  Design Parameters for PWRs  Prof. Apostolakis  
6  Design Requirements  Safety and Critical Safety Functions  Prof. Apostolakis  Problem 2 due (topic of Lec #3) 
7  Reactor Safety: The Emergence of Probabilistic Risk Assessment  Prof. Apostolakis  
8  Reactor Physics  Design Parameters for GFRs  Chris Handwerk, Course TA  Problem 3 due (topic of Lec #5) 
9  PRA Methodology Overview  Prof. Apostolakis  Problem 4 due (topic of Lec #6 and #7) 
10  Probabilistic Calculations  I  Prof. Apostolakis  
11  Probabilistic Calculations  II  Prof. Apostolakis  Paper: U.S. National Nuclear Strategy (topic of Lec #1) due two days after Lec #11 
12  RiskInformed Changes to the Licensing BasisI  Prof. Apostolakis  
13  Applying Safety Regulations to Plant Operations  Prof. Kadak  Problem 5 due (topic of Lec #10 and 11) 
14  RiskInformed Changes to the Licensing BasisII  Prof. Apostolakis  
15  Large Break LOCA Analysis/Result  Prof. Todreas  
16  The Maintenance Rule I  Prof. Apostolakis  
17  The Maintenance Rule II 
Problem 6 due (topic of Lec #13) 

18  Plant Economic Evaluation  Prof. Todreas  
19  Plant Economic Evaluation (cont.)  Prof. Todreas  
20  Materials Selection Process  Prof. Ballinger  Problem 7 due (topic of Lec #15) 
21  Radiation Damage Effects and Their Design Implications  Prof. Ballinger  
22  Environmental Degradation and its Design Implications  Prof. Ballinger  
23  PWR Materials Applications  Prof. Ballinger  Problem 8 due (topic of Lec #18) 
24  GFR Materials Applications  Prof. Ballinger  
25 
Risk Informed Design Guidance for Gen IV Reactors 
Prof. Apostolakis  Problem 9 due (topic of Lec #21 and #22) two days after Lec #25 
26  Integration of Design Process  IRIS as the Example  Guest Lecturer: Bojan Petrovich, Westinghouse  
27  Integration of Design Process  1: IRIS Plant, 2: Sample Oral  Prof. Todreas/Prof. Apostolakis  
28  Student Oral Exams, 45 min. (Scheduled to Meet Individual Student Availability)  Exam Committee 