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Unit information: Nuclear Materials Behaviour in 2021/22

Unit name Nuclear Materials Behaviour
Unit code MENGM0015
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Larrosa
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit covers the metallurgy and engineering structure-property relationships of reactor materials, focussing on structural and mechanical properties, and key life-limiting degradation mechanisms, such as creep-fatigue, corrosion, and radiation damage within reactor environments (e.g. PWR, AGR). Consequences on nuclear decommissioning will also be discussed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. List the material requirements for different components of a nuclear power plant.
  2. Contrast the metallurgy of different nuclear reactor materials.
  3. Explain the structure-property relationships of nuclear reactor materials.
  4. Identify material degradation mechanisms within reactor environments.
  5. Appraise the behaviour of new reactor materials.
  6. Propose appropriate nuclear decommissioning strategies for different components.

Teaching Information

The unit will be delivered through materials including videos and narrated lectures which will be made available to students online. 

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed using a single examination. Feedback will be provided to students during the year. 


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How much time the unit requires
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