Students are expected to write a term paper on the following topic:

Select a condition or component of a nuclear power plant and demonstrate, using the methods learned in class, that the component satisfies the integrity criteria over the lifetime of the plant.

Some term paper topic ideas (PDF)

Student Papers

All student work is courtesy of the students named and used with permission.

Comparison of Silicon Carbide and Zircaloy4 Cladding during LBLOCA (PDF) by Kwangwon Ahn

Effectiveness of the Damping of A Pipe During Earthquakes (PDF) by Julien Beccherle

Comparison of Pellet-Cladding Mechanical Interaction for Zircaloy and Silicon Carbide Clad Fuel Rods in Pressurized Water Reactors (PDF) by David Carpenter

Fission Gas Release Comparison for PWR Duplex Fuel Pellets (PDF) by Tyler Ellis

LWR Pressure Vessel Embrittlement and Conditions of Validity of Current Predictive Methodologies (PDF) by Paolo Ferroni

Cladding Performance under Power Oscillations in BWRs (PDF - 1.1 MB) by Rui Hu

Estimation of the Safety Margins between Design and Failure Conditions of PWR Containments by Edoardo Cavalieri d'Oro (PDF)