Course Unit Profile

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Basic Information

Course Unit Title: STRUCTURAL MECHANICS AND NUCLEAR CONSTRUCTIONS

Course Unit Code: 519II

Level of course unit

Second Cycle Degree Programme in Nuclear Engineering

Year of study

Fourth year

Semester when the course is delivered

Annual

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 12

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Donato Aquaro
Email: donato.aquaro@unipi.it

Language of instruction

English

General Information

Learning outcomes

The student who completes the course successfully will have the ability to perform structural calculations of complex components of a nuclear power plant such as pressure vessels, steam generators, piping, pumps and valves.
He or she will be able to apply the failure criteria by plastic collapse, incremental plastic strain and thermal ratcheting.
He or she will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the relevant standards such as ASME III and ASME XI.





Course contents

The specific topics of the course are:
-the methods of the elasticity theory applied to plates and shells solicited by mechanical loads and temperature gradients.
- the theory of limit analysis for the determination of the collapse load of plates, shells and beams.
- the theory of linear elastic fracture mechanics
- the determination of seismic loads by means of modal analysis theory
- failure criteria for plastic collapse, incremental plastic strain and thermal ratcheting
-the relevant standards such as ASME III and ASME XI




Specific Information

Prerequisites, co-requisites, as a prerequisite for further study

Prerequisites

For this course the prerequisite/s is/are

Co-requisites

None.

Prerequisite for

None.

Mode of delivery

Delivery

face to face

Attendance

Mandatory

Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading includes the following works:
- Notes of the teacher
- Relevant Standards ( ASME III- Sect NB and ASME XI)

Further bibliography will be indicated.



Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Further information

Specific criterium of evaluation : the student will be evaluated weighting the home made written report (30%) and the oral exam ( 70%)

Assessment criteria

- The student will be assessed on his/her demonstrated ability to discuss the main course contents using the appropriate terminology. - In the written report, the student must demonstrate the ability to put into practice and to execute, with critical awareness, the activities illustrated or carried out under the guidance of the teacher during the course.

Work placement

No

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