ME-422 Nuclear Power



Theory = 3
Practical = 0


S. No. CLOs PLO Taxonomy
1 Describe the processes in nuclear fission and fusion reactions PLO-1

Level 2*

2 Analyze nuclear reactor systems for various nuclear energy technologies PLO-2 Coginitive
Level 4*
3 Discuss the protocols of radioactive waste management for nuclear energy applications PLO-6 Coginitive
Level 2*


  • Nuclear structure, Nuclear stability, Binding energy and mass-energy equivalence, Radioactivity (natural and artificial), Decay rate, Mean-life and half-life, Radioactive equilibrium, Nuclear reactions, Q value, Fission reaction, Elastic and inelastic scattering reactions.
  • Neutron reaction, Neutron flux, Cross section for scattering, Absorption and fission, Neutron diffusion Neutron leakage, Solution of diffusion equation for a bare reactor, Albedo and reflector saving, Neutron slowing down, Continuous slowing down model’ Lethargy, Slowing down power, Moderation ratio, Fermi age.
  • Nuclear chain reactors, Criticality, The four factor formula, One group critical equation, The critical size, Non-leakage probability, Neutron life cycle.
  • Excess reactivity and reactor-period, Xenon poisoning.
  • Introduction, Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), and Primary Loop, Pressurize, Chemical Shim Control A PWR Power plant, Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), and Load Following Control, Current BWR System High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR), Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGR).
  • Introduction, Nuclear Reactions, Conversion and breeding, Liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) Plant arrangements, LMFBR, Gas cooled Fast breeder reactor (GCFBR).
  • Choice of a moderator, The fuel, The coolant, Nuclear fuels.
  • Nuclear power economics, Fuel reprocessing, Health hazard due to reactions, Shielding, Nuclear applications for peaceful purposes.


(01) “Particle and Nuclei” by B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholtz, F. Zetsche

(02) Nuclear Physics by Green

(03) Radiation Detection and Measurement by Glenn F. Knoll

*For details of Taxonomy Levels CLICK HERE!