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Advanced materials for nuclear applications

01TVMND

A.A. 2019/20

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Energy And Nuclear Engineering - Torino

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Lezioni 40
Esercitazioni in aula 20
Tutoraggio 3
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Ferraris Monica Professore Ordinario ING-IND/22 20 0 0 0 1
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/22 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
2019/20
In this course, we will build on the foundation you already have on materials, to understand how they behave in nuclear systems. In particular, we will provide you a solid base of nuclear material fundamentals in order to understand radiation damage and effects in fuels and structural materials. This course will also propose you short research projects to be discussed in class. We will start with an overview of nuclear materials, where they are found in nuclear plants, and how they behave/fail under radiation, particularly neutrons and heavy charged particles to produce defects and change microstructure. A few applications of radiation effects will then be treated, including the change of material properties under irradiation, void swelling, embrittlement, loss of ductility, and the simulation of in-reactor irradiation (neutrons) with heavy ions.
In this course, we will build on the foundation you already have on materials, to understand how they behave in nuclear systems. In particular, we will provide you a solid base of nuclear material fundamentals in order to understand radiation damage and effects in fuels and structural materials. This course will also propose you short research projects to be discussed in class. We will start with an overview of nuclear materials, where they are found in nuclear plants, and how they behave/fail under radiation, particularly neutrons and heavy charged particles to produce defects and change microstructure. A few applications of radiation effects will then be treated, including the change of material properties under irradiation, void swelling, embrittlement, loss of ductility, and the simulation of in-reactor irradiation (neutrons) with heavy ions.
The student is expected to enter the labor market with a thorough preparation, innovative and comprehensive approach and updated knowledge of new materials (either already available on the market or under development) for nuclear energy production (fusion and fission). In particular, the student will be able to exploit his/her skills by projects/case-studies, industrial problem-solving examples to funding institution, stakeholders and companies involved in the nuclear energy field. The knowledge will focus on several advanced materials not studied in other courses, which are mandatory for the professional career of a future nuclear engineer.
The student is expected to enter the labor market with a thorough preparation, innovative and comprehensive approach and updated knowledge of new materials (either already available on the market or under development) for nuclear energy production (fusion and fission). In particular, the student will be able to exploit his/her skills by projects/case-studies, industrial problem-solving examples to funding institution, stakeholders and companies involved in the nuclear energy field. The knowledge will focus on several advanced materials not studied in other courses, which are mandatory for the professional career of a future nuclear engineer.
Materials Science and Technology, Physics, Chemistry
Materials Science and Technology, Physics, Chemistry
-Introduction to the main classes of materials for nuclear plants (fission, fusion): nuclear grade steels, metal alloys, polymers, glasses, ceramics, superconductors, composites. -Nuclear issues affecting materials properties: neutron irradiation, He-retention, effects on materials properties (mechanical, non-destructive tests, thermal, optical, etc…) -Fission reactors' materials: requirements, advanced materials for new generation fission nuclear plants (Gen. IV, etc) -Fusion reactors' materials: requirements, plasma facing materials, advanced materials for new generation fusion nuclear plants (ITER and beyond) -Seminars given by experts in the field; master final report activity available on subjects related to this part of the course, also in research centres and companies; hands-on laboratory activity.
-Introduction to the main classes of materials for nuclear plants (fission, fusion): nuclear grade steels, metal alloys, polymers, glasses, ceramics, superconductors, composites. -Nuclear issues affecting materials properties: neutron irradiation, He-retention, effects on materials properties (mechanical, non-destructive tests, thermal, optical, etc…) -Fission reactors' materials: requirements, advanced materials for new generation fission nuclear plants (Gen. IV, etc) -Fusion reactors' materials: requirements, plasma facing materials, advanced materials for new generation fusion nuclear plants (ITER and beyond) -Seminars given by experts in the field; master final report activity available on subjects related to this part of the course, also in research centres and companies; hands-on laboratory activity.
Information and updates regarding the course and exam will be periodically communicated by using the web portal of this course. The student will be given all the other information about the course, such as info on labs activity, etc.
Information and updates regarding the course and exam will be periodically communicated by using the web portal of this course. The student will be given all the other information about the course, such as info on labs activity, etc.
About 40 hours lectures and 20 hours hands-on laboratories. Case studies and problem-solving on relevant topics for nuclear energy applications; visits at research premises, depending on availability.
About 40 hours lectures and 20 hours hands-on laboratories. Case studies and problem-solving on relevant topics for nuclear energy applications; visits at research premises, depending on availability.
Pdf files of slides .
Pdf files of slides .
Modalità di esame: prova orale obbligatoria;
Individual oral test based on three open questions on all the program of this course.
Exam: compulsory oral exam;
Individual oral test based on three open questions on all the program of this course.


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