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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus SH1600 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

1) The structure of the atomic nucleus

2) Nuclear fission and chain reactions

3) Types of radiation and the effect on humans

4) Nuclear fuel

5) Nuclear materials

6) The dual role of cooling media as a neutron moderator and heat transfer agent

7) Reactor kinematics

8) Temperature feedback

9) Shut down procedures and xenon poisioning

10) Latent heat

Intended learning outcomes

Nuclear power plants deliver about half of Sweden's electrical power. The production of power is self-regulating, reliable and relatively cost effective - mostly due to a combination of enriched uranium and water cooling used in the reactors. Nuclear plants are also associated with low greenhouse emissions. Circumstances can arise where the nuclear fuel and surrounding materials are damaged resulting in closure of the reactor and, in the worse case, a release of radioactive gases.

After completing this course you should be able to :

1) Calculate and adjust the power of a nuclear power station during normal operations by understanding how fission process and chain reactions work.

2) Choose operating parameters which limit the risk of damage to fuels and associated materials.

3) Suggest correction procedures when abnormal conditions arise.

4) Implement good practice regarding radiation protection 

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

This course is obligatory for the nuclear energy engineering specialisation for the degree progr. in Mechanical Engineering (TIMAS).

Recommended prerequisites

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Compendium, course notes. 

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


  • INL1 - Home Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB3 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Laboratory exercises, home assignments, written examination.

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 SH1600

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Education cycle

First cycle

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