Nuclear Power Plant Design and the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Accidents|
Fall 2021 not offered
This course provides an introduction to radiation, nuclear physics, and nuclear power plant design. It will trace the steps that led to the three most well-known nuclear power plant accidents: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. It provides information useful for evaluating the impact of nuclear power on environmental decision-making.
Starting with a history of the atomic discoveries and fundamental physics that led to the atomic bomb production at the end of WWII, the course will then trace the design steps that allowed commercial nuclear power plants to evolve from those weapon-making discoveries. Finally it will trace the accidents and the aftermath from the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima nuclear power accidents.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
It is highly recommended that students have one semester of college chemistry and one semester of college physics. If you have questions about pre-requisites, please contact the instructor.
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Crosslisted with ENVS236.
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