Integration of Reactor Design, Operations, and Safety

Cutaway schematic drawing of the 'Gen Four' power plant design.

The "GEN IV" (Generation IV) design is a next generation nuclear power plant that produces electricity and hydrogen without greenhouse gas emissions. (Image courtesy of U.S. DOE.)


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Fall 2006



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This course integrates studies of engineering sciences, reactor physics and safety assessment into nuclear power plant design. Topics include materials issues in plant design and operations, aspects of thermal design, fuel depletion and fission-product poisoning, and temperature effects on reactivity, safety considerations in regulations and operations, such as the evolution of the regulatory process, the concept of defense in depth, General Design Criteria, accident analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and risk-informed regulations.

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George Apostolakis, Neil Todreas, Ronald Ballinger, and Andrew Kadak. 22.39 Integration of Reactor Design, Operations, and Safety. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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