22.312 Engineering of Nuclear Reactors

Fall 2004

St. Lucie nuclear power plant.
St. Lucie nuclear power plant. (Image courtesy of Nuclear Energy Institute. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course is based upon the textbook: Todreas, N. E., and M. S. Kazimi. Nuclear Systems: Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals. Vol. 1. New York: Taylor & Francis Inc.: December 1, 1989. 3rd printing. ISBN: 1560320516. This site features the comprehensive supplemental reading Introduction to Structural Mechanics, as well as numerous problem sets keyed to the text, which are available in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course covers engineering principles of nuclear reactors, emphasizing power reactors. Topics include power plant thermodynamics, reactor heat generation and removal (single-phase as well as two-phase coolant flow and heat transfer), and structural mechanics. Engineering considerations in reactor design are also covered. The course objective is to understand and model the thermal-hydraulic and mechanical phenomena key to the effective, reliable and safe design and operation of nuclear systems.

This course is taught by Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno. More information is available on his Web site.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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