Nuclear Fuel Cycle (SC4111)
UCLans Nuclear Fuel Cycle module describes the nuclear fuel cycle and examines in detail, the technical, economical, safety and environmental issues involved during each stage. The module covers the entire cycle from the extraction of ore to the disposal of waste. The processes involved in reprocessing of fuel are examined and the consequences reprocessing has, in terms of reactor fuel design and waste disposal, are discussed. Each stage is described on an international scale examining global markets and capacities.
Overview of the fuel cycle
Mining and milling of uranium
Purification and conversion to UF6
Properties of irradiated fuel
Irradiated fuel transport and storage
Nuclear fuel reprocessing
Recycling of uranium and plutonium
Decommissioning, retrieval and disposal of nuclear waste
Emerging fuel technologies
On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
A full understanding of all the processes involved in the front- and back-ends of the once-through fuel cycle.
An understanding of fuel reprocessing and the advantages reprocessing can provide.
An appreciation of the safety and environmental considerations involved in the cycle.
An overview of the nuclear fuel cycle for commercial purposes and how it has been affected by historic events.
Knowledge of the worldwide capacities and economical markets involved in the cycle as well as an appreciation of political influence.
Ability to perform some calculations around the economics of the fuel cycle.
Method of delivery
The majority of teaching is undertaken in intensive mode within a single (pulse) attendance of one week duration. The course lectures are delivered by both academic staff from UCLan and by practitioners from industry in the various subject areas. This allows the students to understand the theory and see how it is applied in practice. The students are supplied with pre-course learning and during the course are provided with short tutorial and discussion sessions where they can test their understanding. Further references are provided with the lectures.
Location of study
UCLan Preston campus
12th November 2018 (one week duration)
Maximum number of ANNETTE participants
Dr Jonathan Francis
PL / Head of John Tyndall Institute
Academic Lead for Energy, Fire & Sustainability
School of Engineering,
Computing and Technology Building, CM023
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44(0) 1772 89 3229