308.895 Materials in Nuclear Applications – Fundamentals
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the following points:

  1. The concept of nuclear fission and fusion. How is energy generated in these systems?
  2. Introduction electrical power produced by fission today.
  3. Introduction to light water reactors fast reactor and fusion reactor machines and critical components.
  4. Displacement damage in materials K-P model and application of monte carlo methods
  5. Development of extended defects and rate theory.
  6. Mechanical property changes due to radiation damage.
  7. Fission products in fuel and fuel degradation.

Subject of course

This class features an introduction into key nuclear applications such as light water reactors, fast reactors and spallation neutron sources and the associated materials challenges in these environments. We will study the fundamentals the effects radiation has on materials and how structural materials as well as fuels change in service conditions. The class will cover the fundamentals of displacement damage (Kinchin -Pease model) and subsequent defect evolution (rate theory) in metals. Mechanical property degradation as a result of this interaction will be covered. In addition fuel degradation and fission product swelling and release are covered in this class.

Teaching methods

Lecture with PowerPoint and accompanying discussions of case studies.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Mon08:00 - 17:0027.05.2024Seminarraum Lehar 01 Blockvorlesung "Materialien in nuklearen Anwendungen"
Tue08:00 - 17:0028.05.2024Seminarraum BD 02C Blockvorlesung
Wed08:00 - 14:0029.05.2024Seminarraum BD 02C Blockvorlesung "Materialien in nuklearen Anwendungen"

Examination modalities

A final oral exam

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
27.02.2024 12:00 26.05.2024 23:00


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700 FW Elective Courses - Mechanical Engineering Elective


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