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PWR and BWR Operation and Design

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basic operation of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant
  • Describe the containment structure of a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Describe the reactor pressure vessel of a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Explain the operation of the recirculation pumps in a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Explain the function of the pressurizer in a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Explain the function of the steam generators in a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Describe the basic operation of a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) nuclear power plant
  • Describe the pressure vessel of a BWR
  • Explain the function and operation of the recirculation jet pumps of a BWR
  • Describe the fuel rods used in PWRs and BWRs
  • Explain how the reactivity is controlled in PWRs and BWRs

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45 Minutes

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe and explain the operating principles and design of the two major types of nuclear power plants.