INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR POWER(15EE551) CBCS SCHEME AND SYLLABUS,NOTES

INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR POWER( Professional Elective )
AS PER CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS)
SEMESTER –V

Subject Code 15EE551
IA Marks 20
Number of Lecture Hours/Week 03
Exam Hours 03
Total Number of Lecture Hours 40
Exam Marks 80
Credits – 03

Course objectives:
  • To explain the fission process in nuclear materials and how the nuclear reactors work and the basic components of nuclear reactors and their types.
  •  Explanation about cooling of reactors, features of coolant, different types of coolants used in the reactors and the losses of cooling.
  • Discussion on loss of cooling accidents in different reactors.
  • Discussion on postulated severe accidents in water cooled reactors and other reactors and cooling of reactor during removal and processing.
  • Discussion on cooling and disposing the nuclear waste and prospect of fusion energy in the future.

Module-1
The Earth and Nuclear Power: Sources and Resources: Introduction, Earth’s Internal Heat Generation, The Earth’s Energy Flow, The Fission Process, Thermal Energy Resources. How Reactors 
Work: Introduction, The Fission Process, Basic Components of a Nuclear Reactor, Thermal Reactors, Fast Reactors. 08 HOURS
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
L1 – Remembering, L2 – Understanding, L3 – Applying.

Module-2
Cooling Reactors: Introduction, General Features of a Reactor Coolant, Principles of Heat Transfer, Gaseous Coolants, Liquid Coolants, Boiling Coolants.
Loss of Cooling: Introduction, The Electric Kettle, Pressurized-Water Reactor, Boiling-Water Reactor, CANDU Reactor, Gas-Cooled Reactors, Sodium- Cooled Fast Reactor. 08 HOURS
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
L1 – Remembering, L2 – Understanding, L3 – Applying, L4 – Analysing.

Module-3
Loss-of-Cooling Accidents: Introduction, Incidents in light Water-Cooled Reactors, Heavy Water- Moderated Reactors, Gas-Cooled Reactors, Liquid Metal-Cooled Fast Reactors.08 HOURS
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
L1 – Remembering, L2 – Understanding, L3 – Applying, L4 – Analysing.



Module-4
Postulated Severe Accidents Introduction: Introduction, Postulated Severe Accidents in Water- Cooled Reactors, Specific Phenomena relating to Severe Accidents, Severe Accidents in other Reactor Types, Fission Product Dispersion following Containment Failure.
Cooling during Fuel Removal and Processing: Introduction, Refuelling, Spent Fuel Storage and Transport, Reprocessing Plant. 08 HOURS
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
L1 – Remembering, L2 – Understanding, L3 – Applying, L4 – Analysing.

Module-5
Cooling and Disposing of the Waste: Introduction, Classification of Waste Products, Fission Products and Their Biological Significance, Options for Nuclear Waste Disposal, Long-Term Storage and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel, Storage and Disposal of Fission Products from Reprocessing Plants, Disposal of other Materials.
Fusion Energy -Prospect for the Future: Introduction, The Fusion Process, Confinement, Current Technical Position, Conclusions. 08 HOURS
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
L1 – Remembering, L2 – Understanding, L3 – Applying.

 Course outcomes:
      At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Explain the fission process in nuclear materials, basic components of nuclear reactors, types of nuclear reactors and their working.
  • Discuss different types of coolants, their features, and cooling of reactors,
  • Discuss loss of cooling accidents in different reactors.
  • Discuss postulated severe accidents in reactors and cooling of reactor during removal of spent fuel.
  • Discuss cooling and disposing the nuclear waste and prospect of fusion energy in the future.

     Graduate Attributes (As per NBA
       Engineering Knowledge, Design/ Development of Solutions, The Engineer and Society, Environment and Sustainability, Ethics, Project Management and Finance.

Question paper pattern:
·         The question paper will have ten questions.
·         Each full question is for 16 marks.
·         There will be 2full questions (with a maximum of four sub questions in one full question) from each module.
·         Each full question with sub questions will cover the contents under a module.
·         Students will have to answer 5 full questions, selecting one full question from each module.

Textbook
1 Introduction to Nuclear Power Geoffrey F. Hewitt Taylor & Francis 1st Edition, 2000

Reference Books
1 Nuclear Reactor Engineering G.Vaidyanathan S.Chand 1st Edition, 2013

2 Introduction to NuclearEngineering John R Lamarsh Anthony J Baratta Pearson 3rd Edition, 2016
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