151-2015-00L  Reactor Technology (EPFL)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersH.‑M. Prasser, external organisers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNo enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at EPFL.


AbstractThis course provides an overview of microfabrication processes used to produce micro-scale robots and will cover topics related to microactuators, microsensors, and modeling at these scales. The course will also investigate micromanipulation technologies, incl. the assembly of micron-sized parts, the manipulation of biological cells, and the types of robots used to perform these types of tasks.
ObjectiveTo comprehend (particularly in the context of light water reactors) the
basic heat removal phenomena in a reactor core, identify the
technological limits for heat generation from the viewpoints of fuel,
cladding and coolant, and be introduced to optimization principles in
reactor thermal design.
Content- Fuel rod, LWR fuel elements
- Temperature field in fuel rod
- Reactor core, design
- Flux and heat source distribution, cooling channel
- Single-phase convective heat transfer, axial temperature profiles
- Boiling crisis and DNB ratio
- Pressurized water reactors, design
- Primary circuit design
- Steam generator heat transfer, steam generator types
- Boiling water reactors
- Reactor design
- LWR power plant technology
- Other types of reactors (overview)
- Generation IV systems
LiteratureDistributed documents, recommended book chapters
Prerequisites / NoticeRequired prior knowledge: Neutronics
Prerequisite for: Nuclear Safety (2nd sem.)