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Nuclear Power Principles and Design

Learning objectives

  • Describe the type of fuel used in nuclear power plants
  • Explain the purpose of control rods in nuclear reactors
  • Describe the use of coolants in nuclear reactors
  • Explain the use of moderators used in nuclear reactors
  • Explain the process of nuclear fission
  • Describe the basic design of a pressurized water reactor
  • Describe the basic design of a boiling water reactor
  • Describe the basic design of heavy water reactors
  • Describe the basic design of gas cooled reactors
  • Describe the basic design of liquid metal fast breeder reactors
  • Describe the basic design of pressure tube graphite reactors

Course overview

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the basic theory and operation of a nuclear power plant. You will also be able to explain the basic process of nuclear fission and describe various nuclear reactor designs.

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