Archived Versions

22.314J / 1.56J / 2.084J Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Power Technology

As taught in: Fall 2006

Diagram of an RBMK reactor design.

The RBMK reactor design pictured above was used at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This severely flawed design has a "positive void coefficient", meaning the nuclear chain reaction and power output increases when cooling water is lost. (Image courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Energy's International Nuclear Safety Center.)




Prof. Mujid S. Kazimi

Prof. Oral Buyukozturk

Course Features

Course Description

This course deals with structural components in nuclear power plant systems, their functional purposes, operating conditions, and mechanical-structural design requirements. It combines mechanics techniques with models of material behavior to determine adequacy of component design. Considerations include mechanical loading, brittle fracture, in-elastic behavior, elevated temperatures, neutron irradiation, and seismic effects.