Seminar on Nuclear Safety Principles

Module number: MW2089

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: Winter and summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Rafael Macián-Juan

Amount of work

Class attendance: 45

Private study: 105

Total: 150

Course work and exam formalities

Presentation of the gathered contents and results in a 25 minutes talk and discussion (25%). Preparation of a written report that contains the results of thw work (50%). Regular discussion during the periodic meetings (25%).


The seminar will present basic concepts of nuclear safety. The students will be given material to read before the class of the follwing week. During the time of the seminar, the students will discuss the read material and explain the concepts learnt.

- Nuclear safety principles: defense in depth, quality assurance

- Classification and description of nuclear accidents: design basis accidents, severe accidents

- Consequences of nuclear accidents

- Nuclear safety analysis adn criteria

- Nuclear safety research

- Safety analysis review

- Some additional topics related to nuclear security and safeguards

Learning outcome

The students will receive a technical perspective in nuclear safety. They will have the knowledge to better asses information abouth the safety of nuclear installations ans will have the basis to pursue advanced studies in several of the topics covered in the seminar. Practical applications will make use of computer programs used in nuclear safety analyses.

The students will be able to:

- Understand the philosophy behind nuclear safety

- Critically assess the gravity of a given incident in a nuclear installation

- Qualitatively estimate the consequences of a nuclear accident

- Understand and discuss technically about nuclear safety analysis concepts and abouth the process of nuclear safety assessment and review

- Evaluate the importane and interest of nuclear safety research


Students with technical knowledge eqivalent to four semester of university courses are prepared to understand the concepts discussed in the seminar. Experience with computer software.


Students work at home and at provided computers equipped with the necessary simulation programs. Computer-aided presentations.


Nuclear Safety, G. Petrangeli.

Nuclear Energy, D. Bodanski.

Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Energy, J.K. Shultis, R.E. Faw.

Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, J.R. Lamarsh and A.J. Baratta.

Teaching and studying methods

Projeced multimedia material (Charts, movies, interviews, etc.) can be used to clarify concepts.

Use of whiteboard to clarify concepts.

Interactive class: Students are encouraged to ask and will be asked what they have read during the seminar hours.