15 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: MAT4900

Aims/Description: The aims of this module are to develop an understanding of the role of materials science and engineering in nuclear systems. The module will explore advanced nuclear concepts, including: (a.) Materials for nuclear energy systems: metallic systems for the reactor core, nuclear graphite, phase diagram of UO2* / PuO2* system, microstructure and chemistry of irradiated UO2*fuel. (b.) Advanced nuclear systems: materials for Generation IV systems, future fuels, fusion systems, advanced fuel cycle concepts. (c.) Nuclear materials performance: swelling, voiding; stress corrosion cracking, creep, and hydride formation. (d.) Radiation damage: fundamental physics of radiation damage processes, models for damage accumulation, impact on mechanical properties. (e.) The impact on materials design from nuclear accidents, such as Chernobyl and Fukushima. *(UO2 is chemical formula for uranium dioxide. PuO2 is the chemical formula for plutonium dioxide. Both are oxide materials that can be used to make nuclear fuel.) The module will be taught primarily through lectures, with contribution from external experts. 

Staff Contact: HAND RUSSELL J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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