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SH2703 Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Stability 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2703 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is focusing on the dynamic features of a nuclear power plant. Examples of the topics that are covered in the course:

(1) nuclear reactor kinetics and dynamics,

(2) point-reactor kinetic and dynamics models,

(3) reactivity feedbacks and reactivity coefficients,

(4) reactor stability – instability mechanisms,

(5) instabilities of two-phase flows.

Intended learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to provide a deeper analysis of a nuclear reactor dynamics and stability. After successful completion of the course students will be able to

(a) describe the time-dependent behavior of a nuclear reactor,

(b) formulate a simple numerical model for simulation of reactor dynamics,

(c) formulate, analyze and solve simple problems which are relevant to reactor dynamics and stability,

(d) perform an analysis of stability of a nuclear reactor and nuclear power plant,

(e) reflect on stability margins of a reactor under normal operation

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Courses SH2701 and SH2702 or equivalent.

English B / English 6

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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


  • INLA - Assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Projects, 4.0 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

Home assignments (INLA 2 ECTS)
Oral exam (TEN1; 4 ECTS)

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 SH2703

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Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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