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Unit information: Nuclear Reactor Engineering in 2021/22

Unit name Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Unit code MENGM0037
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Mostafavi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a background to common, present and future nuclear reactor designs including materials specifications and fabrication processes. Students will also gain an understanding of methods of structural integrity assessment including assessment codes such as R5 and R6, and an appreciation of nuclear safety cases, including aspects such as plant monitoring.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Recall the historical development of nuclear power.
  2. Describe common reactor designs and material use.
  3. Compare and contrast different reactor types.
  4. Appraise the capabilities and limitations of the main production processing and fabrication routes used in nuclear plant build.
  5. Restate the principles of nuclear plant protection and safety systems.
  6. Construct safety cases for nuclear reactor faults and structural integrity failures.

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
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.