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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

Available in English

55 Minutes

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.