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KD2430 Nuclear Fuel Cycle 9.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2430 (Autumn 2017–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

-Radioactive decay

-Interaction between ionizing radiation and materia

-Chemical and biological impact of ionizing radiation

-Mining of Uranium

-Enrichment of Uranium and fuel production

-Reactor chemistry

-Reprocessing of nuclear fuel

-Accidents related to the Nuclear industry

-Nuclear bomb testing

-Risk philosophy

Study visits at nuclear power plants

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

-Describe radioactive decay and explain how different types of radiation interact with different media

-Calculate the activity of a substance by knowing the mass

-Understand how biological material is influenced by ionizing radiation

-Describe how radionuclides are enriched in natural systems

-Outline all the different parts of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and describe them in chemical therms

-Explain the chemical impact of the different parts and describe the environmental impact

-Understand what principles a geological repository of spent nuclear fuel lean on and describe the important chemical processes whithin this system

-Relate the properties of the actinides to their chemistry


Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admission requirements for independent students:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

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G. Choppin, J.Rydberg, J.O Liljenzin. Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry


Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Exercises, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Study visits (STU1; 1 hp)
Project (PRO1; 2 hp)
Examination (TEN1; 6 hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KD2430

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is planned to be given each second year. The course is given Autumn 15 and next time will be Autumn 17.

The course has the same content as the course KD2090 Nuclear Fuel Cycle as well as KD2080 Nuclear Chemistry (the fundamental nuclear chemistry part of the course)

Only one of the courses KD2430 and KD2090 may be included in the diploma.