- Code PHYS8202
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Andrew Stuchbery
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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This course introduces students to the key concepts in Reactor Physics, including:
- Basic nuclear principles (Fission, Neutron moderation)
- Nuclear Fuel options
- Reactor types (Boiling water, Pressurized water, Heavy water, Thorium, Fast breeder, Gas-cooled)
- Reactor operation and control
- Safety and accidents
- New generation reactors
- Reactor economics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain basic reactor science;
- critically examine reactor types to identify their advantages and disadvantages;
- compare the merits of new generation reactors and appraise their technical status;
- critically review the issues affecting the economics of nuclear power;
- discuss nuclear accidents and evaluate reactor safety measures;
- Problem sets and homework tasks (25) [LO 1,2]
- Written assignments (75) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
• Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|20 Feb 2023
|27 Feb 2023
|31 Mar 2023
|26 May 2023