NUCLEAR OPERATIONS AND SAFETY
Nuclear power is an abundant and renewable power source with unique characteristics which require special attention in its design, licensing and operation. This course explains the fundamental plant processes: nuclear fission, neutron kinetics, heat transfer, chemistry and feedback mechanisms, showing how variations in one plant parameter can propagate effects in the others in ways not seen in fossil, solar, wind, or other systems. The student will also learn methods for analyzing these processes, and the relationship of their features to normal and off-normal plant operations, up to and including postulated severe accidents. Both deterministic analysis and Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) will be employed, with exercises provided in both approaches. Similar concepts will also be applied to the design, manufacture and utilization of nuclear fuel. Stress is placed throughout on the defense in depth concept, and the nuclear safety cultural approach - a necessary point of view regarding how tasks are approached and conducted, whether they be analytical or operational.