University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

NPRE 457

 Safety Analysis of Nuclear Reactor Systems

Dr. M. Ragheb

Fall 2017


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Assignments and Teaching Assistants

        Assignments will account for 40 percent of the final grade.


Two midterm tests and one final test are scheduled.

Each will account for 20 percent of the final grade for a total of 60 percent of the final grade.

 Assignments, quizzes (unannounced), final project, 40 percent.


Undergraduates: 3 hours of credit.

Graduates: 3 hours, 1 hour for advanced term paper or project, for a total of 4 hours of credit.


Calendar for Fall Semester 2017

100H Talbot Laboratory

3:00-3:50 pm, MWF

First Midterm

Wed. Oct. 4, during class period.

Second Midterm

Fr.  Nov. 3, during class period.

Third Exam

Last day of classes, Wed. Dec. 13

Mon. Dec. 18, 1:30-4:30 pm

Labor Day Mon. Sept. 4  (no classes)

Instruction's beginning

Mon. Aug. 28

Thanksgiving vacation Sat. Nov.  18 - Mon. Nov. 27

Instruction ends

Wed. Dec. 13

Reading day Th. Dec. 14

Final examinations

Fri. Dec. 15 - Fri. Dec. 21


Web Notes


Nuclear Applications

  M. Ragheb

1. Overview
2. Natural Disasters and Man Made Accidents
3. Safety Definitions and Terminology
4. Accidents Occurrence
Risk Quantification
6. Incidence and Likelihood Risk and Safety Indices
7. The Risk Assessment Methodology
8. Risk and Safety Ethics
9. The Source Term
10. Environmental Remediation of Radioactive Contamination
11. Decay Heat Generation in Fission Reactors
12. Cost Effectiveness Analysis
13. Boolean Algebra
14. Fuzzy de Morgan Algebra
15. Probabilistic and Possibilistic Fault Tree Analysis
16. Event Tree Analysis
17. Random Numbers Generation
18. Direct Simulation or Analog Monte Carlo
19. Sampling Methods
20. Sampling Special Distributions
21. Fluid  Mechanics Equations
22. Safety Computational Fluid Dynamics
23. Loss of Coolant Accident, LOCA
24. Debris Bed Cooling
25. Steam Explosions
26. Clad Ballooning Accident
27. China Syndrome
28. Containment Structures
29. Safety Aspects of Gas Cooled Reactors
30. Heavy Water Reactors Safety
31. Liquid Metal Reactors Postulated Accidents
32. Autonomous Battery Reactors
33. Fourth Generation  Reactor Concepts
34. Inherently Safe Reactor Designs

35. The Three Mile Island Accident
36. Chernobyl Accident
37. Experimental Breeder Reactor Number I, EBR I Criticality Accident
38. Stationary Low Power Plant Number 1, SL-1 Accident
39. Sodium-Graphite Reactor Experiment, SRE incident
40. Windscale Accident
41. Fermi 1 Fuel Meltdown Incident
42. Steam Generator Leakage at the BN-350 Desalination Plant
43. Browns Ferry Fire
44. Earthquake Safety
44. Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami Station Blackout Accident
45. Global Climatic Variation and Energy Use

46. Solar Storms Effects on Nuclear and Electrical Installations



I.  Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
II. Procedure to generate a decay curve, decay.f90
III. Procedure to compute decay heat power and energy release, decayheat.f90
IV. Fault tree analysis code, sample14.f90
VI. Input file to sample14 program, insamp14.txt

VI.  The Panic Over Fukushima

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       NPRE490WP Wind Power Systems

       NPRE590SF Nuclear and Radiological Safety

       NPRE459/CSE417 Fuzzy Logic and its Applications


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