Course Unit Profile

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Basic Information

Course Unit Title: CONTROL AND OPERATION OF NUCLEAR PLANTS

Course Unit Code: 627II

Level of course unit

Second Cycle. Degree Programme in Nuclear Engineering

Year of study

Second year

Semester when the course is delivered

Annual

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 12

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Fabio Fineschi
Email: fabio.fineschi@unipi.it

Language of instruction

Italian

General Information

Learning outcomes

The student who successfully completes the course
(1) will be aware of complex system dynamics,
(2) will be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of dynamics and control systems of thermal and nuclear power plants,
(3) will have the ability to operate nuclear power plants at first as an enterprising executive and later on as a manager with an high level of autonomy and responsibility.


Course contents

At first the course deals with the control classic theory of linear feedback systems (transfer function, Bode plots, stability criteria, sensitivity analysis, PID controllers, and so on), afterwards it deals with dynamics and the control theory of nuclear fission reactors. In addition it illustrates the control systems of thermal and nuclear power plants, PWRs and BWRs, and analyses their behaviour during operation transients. Later on it discusses the optimization of the fuel management in-core.


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

Advised

Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

Professor's lecture notes.









Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Assessment criteria

The student will be assessed on his/her demonstrated ability to discuss the main course contents using the appropriate terminology and to solve problems proposed by the professor about the dynamic analysis of complex systems and the control & operation of nuclear power plants.

Work placement

No

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