Nuclear Engineering

Course Description

Fission. Neutron slowdown and diffusion. Critical dimensions of the reactor. Neutron reflector. Reactivity control. Reactor kinetics equations. Reactivity feedbacks. Neutron and thermalhydraulics reactor steady state calculation. Reactor types. NPP operation. Nuclear power plant supporting, auxiliary and safety systems. Reactor protection and control system. Design criteria. Electrical Class 1E equipment. Advanced nuclear reactors.

General Competencies

Understanding of basic nuclear and thermal characteristics of nuclear reactor. Knowledge of main systems and operational characteristics of nuclear power plants. Ability to perform analytical and numerical calculations of the reactor. Analysis of the specific requirements for the application of electric equipment in nuclear power plants.

Learning Outcomes

  1. describe main nuclear reactions with neutrons
  2. apply mass defect principle in calculation of nuclear reaction energy gain
  3. explain conditions needed to have critical reactor
  4. identify causes and consequences of reactivity changes during reactor operation
  5. explain role of main components in light water reactors
  6. analyze behavior of nuclear reactor during normal operation
  7. calculate power and temperature distributions in reactor core
  8. analyze environmental conditions for operation of electrical equipment in nuclear power plants

Forms of Teaching


Teaching the course is organized in two teaching cycles. The first cycle contains seven weeks, mid-term exam, and the second cycle contains six weeks of classes and a final exam. Classes are conducted through a total of 15 weeks with weekly load of 2 hours. Each lecture includes wrriten material and slides.


Solved examples to support lectures and prepare students for exams. 1 hour per week. Solved examples on slides and discussion of possible variations in problem statement with examples on bord.


Application of computer code for calculation of neutron cross section,s criticality, decay heat, steady state temperature distributions in reactor core.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Homeworks 0 % 15 % 50 % 15 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 30 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 45 %
Final Exam: Oral 10 %
Exam: Written 0 % 75 %
Exam: Oral 10 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Development and use of nuclear energy for electricity production
  2. Nuclear reactions with neutrons, fission, decay heat
  3. Neutron slowdown and diffusion
  4. Four-factors formul, homogenous and heterogenous reactor cell
  5. Critical dimensions, power distribution in reactor core, role of reflector
  6. Point kinetics equations, reactivity
  7. Reactivity coefficients and changes in reactivity during operation (reactor poissoning)
  8. Exams
  9. Exams
  10. Exams
  11. Thermal calculation of reactor and operational characteristics
  12. Main reactor types
  13. Main components in light water reactor types (PWR, BWR)
  14. Process and auxiliary systems in nuclear power plants
  15. Principles of nuclear power plant design and safety related electrical equipment

Study Programmes

University graduate
Electrical Power Engineering (profile)
Specialization Course (1. semester) (3. semester)


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John R. Lamarsh and Anthony J. Baratta (2001.), Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, Prentice Hall
Kenneth D. Kook (2009.), Nuclear Engineering Handbook, CRC Press
E. E: Lewis (2008.), Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics, Academic Press
(.), Nuclear Systems I, Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals N.E. Todreas, M.S. Kazimi Hemisphere Publishing Corporation 1990,


For students


ID 86486
  Winter semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
15 Exercises

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable