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Syllabus for

Academic year
TIF250 - Nuclear reactor safety
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNUE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0110 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Docent  Paolo Vinai

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

It is strongly recommended to have attended the courses "TIF215, Introduction to nuclear reactors", and "TIF210, Physics of nuclear reactors". Nevertheless, the students with a general thermal-hydrualic and/or neutron physics background can participate in the course.


The course introduces the safety aspects of the current commercial Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). First, safety requirements and characteristics of nuclear reactors are described. Then, safety evaluation of NPPs under operational and accidential conditions is illustrated. Finally, methodologies and tools employed in safety analysis are discussed.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Understand issues related to the safety of a nuclear power plant.
  • Know the principles of nuclear regulations and nuclear reactor licensing.
  • Know the main safety systems of a nuclear power plant.
  • Analyze and understand the physical behaviour of nuclear reactors under operational and accidental conditions.
  • Know the transients and the accidents that are considered for assessing the safety of a nuclear power plant.
  • Content

  • Introduction to nuclear reactor safety.
  • Nuclear regulations and nuclear reactor licensing.
  • Main safety systems in a nuclear power plant.
  • Methodologies for safety analysis of nuclear power plants.
  • Simplified neutronic and thermal-hydraulic modeling of a nuclear reactor.
  • Reactivity-insertion accidents.
  • Coolant transient scenarios.
  • Loss-of-coolant accidents.
  • Organisation

  • Lectures.
  • Literature

  • Literature material (i.e., lecture notes, slides, reports, papers) will be provided by the department.
  • Examination

    Oral exam.

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