Checking date: 17/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Nuclear Energy
Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering (280)

Coordinating teacher: VENEGAS BERNAL, MARIA CARMEN

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Calculus I, II, III Physics I, II Chemical Fundaments of Engineering Writing and Communication Skills Programming Thermal Engineering Engineering Fluid Mechanics Heat power plants Aero-thermochemical Systems
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1.- know and understand the scientific principles underlying nuclear energy; 2.- apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems related to nuclear energy using established methods; 3.- apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and realise designs of systems or components to meet specified requirements; 4.- conduct searches of literature, and to use data bases and other sources of information; 5.- select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods; 6.- function effectively as an individual and as a member of a team; 7.- use diverse methods to communicate effectively with the engineering community and with society at large; 8.- demonstrate awareness of the health, safety and legal issues and responsibilities of nuclear energy use, the impact of solutions in a societal and environmental context, and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms of nuclear energy use.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction 1.1. History of nuclear energy and its contribution to the electric generation in Spain and the world. 1.2. Nuclear physics and radioactivity. 1.3. Kinetics, dynamics and thermohydraulics of the reactor. 2. Thermodynamic cycles and components of nuclear power plants (NPP) 2.1. Types of NPP. 2.2. Thermodynamic cycles of NPP. 2.3. Reactor, turbines, humidity separators, condenser, pumps, feedwater heaters, etc. 3. Fuel and nuclear safety 3.1. Production and cycle of nuclear fuel. 3.2. Control and safety systems of NPP. 4. Radiologic protection and waste management 4.1. Ionizing radiations and measurement systems. 4.2. Equipment and systems for radiologic protection. 4.3. Classification and management of radioactive wastes. 4.4. Dismantling of nuclear power plants. Spanish case. 4.5. Socioeconomics and environmental aspects. 5. Other developments 5.1. Current developments of NPP.
Learning activities and methodology
The learning methodology includes: (1) Lectures covering the topics described within the course outline. To facilitate the sessions, the students will have available the lecture's slides as well as reference books to complete their learning. (2) Solving problem sessions, where some issues are addressed from a practical point of view. (3) Exercises solved by the student to self-assess their knowledge and to acquire the necessary abilities. (4) Practical works. Elaboration of reports presenting the results obtained using computer software. The capacity of the students to present and discuss clearly and concisely the results will be evaluated.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • CSN. Las Centrales Nucleares Españolas. Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear. 1999
  • Günter Kessler. Sustainable and Safe Nuclear Fission Energy. Technology and Safety of Fast and Thermal Nuclear Reactors. Springer. 2012
  • Igor L. Pioro. Handbook of Generation IV Nuclear Reactors. Elsevier. 2016
  • M.D. Carelli, D.T. Ingersoll. Handbook of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors. Elsevier. 2015
  • MIT. The Future of Nuclear Power. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2003
  • Neil E. Todreas, Mujid S. Kazimi. Nuclear Systems. Volume I: Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals. CRC Press. 2021
  • R.E. Masterson. Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals: A Practical Perspective. CRC Press. 2017
  • Raymond L. Murray. Nuclear energy: an introduction to the concepts, systems, and applications of nuclear processes. 6th ed. . Butterworth-Heinemann-Elsevier. 2009

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.