SH262V Elements of the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Geological Storage in Precambrian Bedrock 7.5 credits

Kärnbränslecykeln: Geologiskt slutförvar i prekambriska berggrunden

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Nuclear energy and nuclear fuel cycle primer
  • Petrology and mineralogy
  • Plate tectonics
  • Metamorphism
  • Quaternary geology
  • Hydrogeology in soil
  • Hydrogeology in fractured bedrock
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • The KBS method
  • Social aspects of storing of nuclear waste

Fieldwork and laboratory work at Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory

Intended learning outcomes *

Upon completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

  • understand environmental and radiological issues related to nuclear fuel cycle and spent nuclear fuel
  • create and present a geological map of a limited area
  • create and present a tectonic map of limited area
  • present a 3dimensional geological presentation of the mapped area
  • describe the Precambrian rocks and minerals in the mapped area
  • describe the distribution of soils in the mapped area
  • compile a summary of the hydrogeological conditions in the mapped area
  • present the KBS method for storing nuclear waste in Precambrian rocks
  • compile a summary of the social aspects of storing nuclear waste

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

A completed bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B/English 6.

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Literature

Scientific reports and articles related to geological storage handled to the students at the beginning of the course and available on the course web-page

Examination and completion

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P, F

Examination *

  • EXA1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Laboratory Projects, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

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

Examination is based on an individual knowledge test and the written and oral presentation of an individual field work project at Äspö Laboratory

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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Examiner

Torbjörn Bäck

Further information

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SCI/Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Contact

Torbjörn Bäck (back@kth.se)

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.