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In this course, students will learn the physics behind nuclear science, how to gain energy from nuclear fission, how nuclear reactors operate safely, and the life cycle of the nuclear fuel, from mining to disposal. At the end of this course, we will focus on what matters most in the public debate, the economic and social impact of nuclear energy and the future of energy systems.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: TU Delft

Course Curriculum

0. Getting Started Understanding Nuclear Energy
0.2 Welcome video 00:01:00
1. Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
1.1 The Atomic Model 00:07:00
1.2 Radioactive Decay 00:07:00
1.3 Interaction of Radiation with Matter 00:07:00
1.4 Radiation Protection Dosimetry 00:07:00
1.5 Nuclear Reactions and the Fission Process 00:08:00
2. Nuclear Fission Reactor Principles
2.1 The Neutron Life Cycle 00:07:00
2.2 The Neutron Diffusion Equation 00:07:00
2.3 Principles of a Nuclear Reactor 00:07:00
2.4 Nuclear Reactor Materials 00:06:00
3. Light Water Reactor Systems and Safety
3.1 LWR Plant Layout and Main Systems 00:05:00
3.2 Safety Fundamentals 00:06:00
3.3 Analysis of Accidents in Nuclear Power Plants 00:05:00
3.4 LWR Dynamics and Control 00:07:00
4. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
4.1 Uranium 00:05:00
4.2 The Front-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle 00:06:00
4.3 Irradiation of Nuclear Fuel 00:05:00
4.4 Interim Storage and Final Disposal 00:06:00
4.5 Fuel Cycle Options 00:07:00
5. Societal and Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Energy
5.1 Life Cycle Assessment of Nuclear Energy 00:06:00
5.2 Economics of Nuclear Energy 00:08:00
5.3 Nuclear Security 00:06:00
5.4 Nuclear Safeguards 00:06:00
5.5 Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants 00:06:00
6. Next Generation Nuclear Power
6.1 Liquid Metal Cooled Reactors 00:10:00
6.2 Accelerator Driven Systems 00:05:00
6.3 Molten Salt Reactors 00:06:00
6.4 Small Modular Reactors 00:06:00
6.5 Gas Cooled Reactors 00:07:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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