COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
Course Code: 
15MEC251
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Type: 
Elective
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Chennai
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering' is a course offered in the B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Principles of nuclear energy: Introduction - Atomic structure - Energy from Nuclear reactions - Nuclear Fission and Fusion – radioactivity - Decay rates and Half Lives - Neutron Flux - Reaction rates.

Neutron diffusion theory: Diffusion equation - Solution of Diffusion Equation – Thermal Diffusion Length – Diffusion In Multiplying Systems - Slowing Down of Neutrons - Neutron Transport Equation and its approximation.

Unit 2

Components of nuclear reactors: Nuclear Fuel rod – Coolant-control rod – Moderator - Cladding – Reflectors - Shielding Materials - reprocessing of spent Fuels - Nuclear Waste treatment systems.

Power reactor systems: Pressurised water reactors - Boiling water reactors - Gas cooled and High temperature Gas cooled reactors - Pressurised Heavy water reactors - Fast breeder reactors - LMFBR & GCFBR.

Unit 3

Fuel management and reactor safety: fuel burnup - Core Management - control Management - Conversion ratio - Breeding ratio - Doubling Time - Biological effects of radiation – Radiation Hazards - Nuclear reactor Safety.

  • El Wakil M.M. - ‘Power Plant Technology’ – McGraw Hill - 2010 - 5th Edition
  • Glarstone S. - ‘Principles of Nuclear reactor Engineering’ - D Van Nostrand - 1982
  • Stephenson R. - ‘Introduction to Nuclear Engineering’ – McGraw Hill - 1982