Aims/Description: Fundamental to the design and safety of a nuclear reactor is the ability to remove energy safely from the core. This module therefore aims to describe the thermal hydraulic processes involved in the transfer of power from the core to the secondary systems of nuclear power plants. The principles of single phase and multiphase fluid dynamics and heat transfer will be studied and applied in the context of a range of different reactor types. The techniques developed will allow you to make assessments of various reactors against thermal limiting criteria. On completion, students should have obtained: An understanding of the heat transfer mechanisms in reactor systems An understanding of fluid flow mechanisms in reactor systems An appreciation of the limits on safe power removal from reactor cores An appreciation of computer codes used to assess limiting power An understanding of the influence of power conversion methods on reactor design. The ability to perform basic calculations of thermal hydraulic quantities in core channels.

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