SH2705 Compact Reactor Simulator- Exercises in Reactor Kinetics and Dynamics 6.0 credits

Kompakt reaktorsimulator- övningar i reaktorkinetik och reaktordynamik

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

Nuclear reactor power plants are very complex systems that may go through various transients during normal and accident situations. This course is designed to simulate the transients and explain their nature. The power plant simulations are based on Apros - the process simulation software for nuclear and thermal power plant applications.

After the course, students will be able to:

  • describe various design bases and beyond design bases accidents,

  • explain the behavior of the nuclear reactor and the power plant during normal operation and the transients,

  • explain the effect of various feedbacks in the nuclear reactor and the power plant during the transients,

  • recognize the cause of a complex transient, and take an appropriate action.

Course main content


The course gives 6 credits for a group project work (a report and presentation); possible group project topics are:

  • Loss of coolant accident (LOCA)

  • Reactivity initiated accident (RIA)

  • Instability events

  • Complex scenarios

The report and presentation have each two parts. The first part is based on a theory study, and it should contain:

  • a description of possible accident scenarios studied within the selected project topic (based on the literature study and exercising the simulator)

  • a classification of the identified scenarios into the design bases, beyond design bases and severe accidents

  • mitigation measures for returning to the normal operation or measures for ensuring safety of public and environment for each of the identified accident scenarios

The second part in the report and presentation should show results obtained from simulations of the studied transients.


Courses in reactor physics (SH2600, or equivalent) and reactor power engineering/nuclear reactor technology (SH2702, or equivalent)


Lecture handouts.


  • PRO1 - Projects, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by



Weimin Ma (


Weimin Ma <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2013.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2013.