Nuclear Reactor Safety

Figure shows that nuclear energy is powerful and can have a big impact.

Figure illustrates the intensity and impact of nuclear energy. (Photo courtesy of Bill Liao.)


MIT Course Number

22.091 / 22.903

As Taught In

Spring 2008


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Features

Course Description

Problems in nuclear engineering often involve applying knowledge from many disciplines simultaneously in achieving satisfactory solutions. The course will focus on understanding the complete nuclear reactor system including the balance of plant, support systems and resulting interdependencies affecting the overall safety of the plant and regulatory oversight. Both the Seabrook and Pilgrim nuclear plant simulators will be used as part of the educational experience to provide as realistic as possible understanding of nuclear power systems short of being at the reactor.