Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Radiation Shielding
Module Title - Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Radiation Shielding
Number of credits – 10
This module is designed to introduce the student to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and the key radionuclides produced. The module syllabus includes: reactor systems, covering all designs of operational power reactors with analysis of advantages and limitations; an introduction to the economics of nuclear power generation reactor; the stages of the nuclear fuel cycle, including hazards and wastes arising and the basic chemistry of processing stages; methods of designing appropriate shielding for radiation facilities; introduction to chemistry of key radionuclides – decay pathways, chemical forms, sources in the nuclear fuel cycle and waste and environmental behaviour.
By the end of the module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: types and sources of radioactive waste;
- chemistry of key radionuclides;
- all processes involved in the front- and back-ends of the nuclear fuel cycle and the associated safety and environmental considerations;
- physics and chemistry behind fuel production from ore to final fuel;
- the different types of nuclear power reactor, with examples of fuel, moderator, coolant and containment design;
- principles of radiation shielding;
- Identify appropriate shielding for radiation sources;
- Perform shielding calculations;
- Demonstrate critical thinking numeracy and ICT skills.
Teaching and Assessment
- Semester 1;
- Assessment - 100% examination.