INTEGRATION OF NUCLEAR PLANT SYSTEMS WITH THE REACTOR CORE
This course examines design bases for major systems and components in a nuclear plant and evaluates how the systems function in an integrated fashion. The student will examine a typical nuclear power plant and those components and systems of the nuclear plant complex that have the potential for affecting core power, and whose failure could be an initiating event for a plant transient. Dynamic relationships for the systems developed in the companion nuclear courses will be transformed into stable, numerical algorithms for computer solutions and system interactions will be illustrated using a major industry transient analysis code. Emphasis is on how operations of and faults in systems and components can influence reactivity and core behavior. Through classroom discussions the students will assess engineering problems and operational problems that have been experienced in historical nuclear plant operations. The intended outcome is an aptitude for predicting complex transient behavior of the integrated nuclear plant considering factors that are important for safe and efficient operation: reactivity management and control, coolant inventory control, and core heat removal.