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Course Detail

Course Name Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
Course Code 15MEC251
Program B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


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.

Text Books

  • 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

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