Nuclear Energy Training

587-01 Nuclear Power Principles and Design

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the basic theory and operation of a nuclear power plant. You will also be able to explain the basic process of nuclear fission and describe various nuclear reactor designs.

  • Describe the type of fuel used in nuclear power plants
  • Explain the purpose of control rods in nuclear reactors
  • Describe the use of coolants in nuclear reactors
  • Explain the use of moderators used in nuclear reactors
  • Explain the process of nuclear fission
  • Describe the basic design of a pressurized water reactor
  • Describe the basic design of a boiling water reactor
  • Describe the basic design of heavy water reactors
  • Describe the basic design of gas cooled reactors
  • Describe the basic design of liquid metal fast breeder reactors
  • Describe the basic design of pressure tube graphite reactors

587-02 PWR and BWR Operation and Design

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe and explain the operating principles and design of the two major types of nuclear power plants.

  • Explain the basic operation of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant
  • Describe the containment structure of a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Describe the reactor pressure vessel of a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Explain the operation of the recirculation pumps in a PWR nuclear power plant.
  • Explain the function of the pressurizer in a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Explain the function of the steam generators in a PWR nuclear power plant
  • Describe the basic operation of a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) nuclear power plant
  • Describe the pressure vessel of a BWR
  • Explain the function and operation of the recirculation jet pumps of a BWR
  • Describe the fuel rods used in PWRs and BWRs
  • Explain how the reactivity is controlled in PWRs and BWRs