Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


This course covers the structural components in nuclear power plant systems, their functional purposes, operating conditions, and mechanical/structural design requirements. It combines mechanics techniques with models of material behavior to determine adequacy of component design. Considerations include mechanical loading, brittle fracture, inelastic behavior, elevated temperatures, neutron irradiation, vibrations and seismic effects.

Course Outline (PDF)



MIT Notes (See the Readings section)


Collins, Jack A. Failure of Materials in Mechanical Design. New York, NY: Wiley, 1981.


Harvey, John F. Theory and Design of Pressure Vessels. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1985.

Suresh, S. Fatigue of Materials. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Roberts, J. T. Adrian. Structural Materials in Nuclear Power Systems. New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1981.

Barsom, J. M., and S. T. Rolf. Fracture and Fatigue Control. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1987.

Au-Yang, M. K. Flow Induced Vibrations of Power and Process Plant Components: A Practical Workbooks. New York, NY: ASME Press, 2001.

Grading Policy

Homework 30%
Quiz 1 30%
Term Paper 40%



1 Introduction M. Kazimi  

Metal Design Methods

Mechanics Fundamentals

M. Kazimi  

Mechanics Fundamentals (cont.)

Pressure Values of LWRs

M. Kazimi  
4 Elastic Stress Analysis M. Kazimi Problem set 1 due
5 Elastic Stress Analysis (cont.) M. Kazimi  
6 Design Limits M. Kazimi Problem set 2 due
7 Fusion First Wall Description and Thermal Stresses M. Kazimi  
8 Introduction to Plasticity/Damage Mech. M. Kazimi Problem set 3 due
9 The Deformation Prediction-Creep M. Kazimi  
10 Fuel Pin Design M. Kazimi Problem set 4 due
11 Fuel Pin Design (cont.) M. Kazimi  
12 Fuel Pin Design (cont.) M. Kazimi Problem set 5 due
13 Fuel Pin Design (cont.) M. Kazimi  
14 Containment Design Oral Buyukozturk  
15 Containment Design (cont.) Oral Buyukozturk Problem set 6 due
16 Containment Design/NDE Oral Buyukozturk  
17 Dynamic Analysis M. Kazimi Problem set 7 due
18 Dynamic Analysis (cont.) M. Kazimi  
19 Quiz 1   Problem set 8 due
20 Dynamic Analysis (cont.) M. Kazimi  
21 Dynamic Analysis (cont.) M. Kazimi Problem set 9 due two days after Ses #21
22 Brittle Fracture M. Kazimi  
23 Brittle Fracture (cont.) M. Kazimi  
24 Special Topic: PSA M. Kazimi Term paper due
25 Special Topic: Pressurized Thermal Shock M. Kazimi  
26 Term Paper Presentation    
27 Term Paper Presentation (cont.)