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Introduction to Nuclear Energy

Module MW0799

This Module is offered by Chair of Nuclear Technology (Prof. Macian-Juan).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2013 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2013WS 2012/3

Basic Information

MW0799 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The couse will present a basic view of Nuclear Energy as a general introduction to the topic. The main aspects of Nuclear Engineering:
1. The Motivation for Nuclear Energy
2. The History of Nuclear Energy
3. The Interaction of Radiation with Matter
4. Nuclear Reactions
5. Nuclear Fission and The Chain Reaction
6. Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory
7. Heat Removal from Nuclear Reactors
8. Power Reactor Systems
9. Nuclear Reactor Dynamics
10. Nuclear Reactor Materials
11. Basic Concepts in Radioactivity
12. Basic Concepts in Radioactivity Protection
13. Basic Concepts in Reactor Safety
14. Nuclear Reactor Accidents
15. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
16. Generation IV Nuclear Power Plant Designs
17. Nuclear Fusion Reactors

Learning Outcome

At the end of the modul the students are able to understand:
- How nuclear energy is produced today
- The physical priciples in which the production of Nuclear Energy is based
- How nuclear power systems work
- Basic concepts of radiation and radiation protection
- The bassis of nuclear safety
- The economic, issues and prospects of nuclear power today and in the future


profound knowledge in physics and mathematics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 3 Introduction to Nuclear Energy Macián-Juan, R. Yum, S. Wed, 13:00–14:00, Interims II 004
Thu, 08:30–10:00, Interims II 004

Learning and Teaching Methods

- classes with projeced material (presentations)
- intensive use of whiteboard to clearify concepts
Interactiv class:
students are encouraged to ask and the professor also asks frequently the students


- Scriptum: printed copy of lectures
- printed material from internet
- photocopies of additional material from literature
- drawings on hardboard


Nuclear Energy, D. Bodanski
Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Energy, J.K. Shultis, R.E. Faw
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, J.R. Lamarsh and A.J. Baratta

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

written examination, 90 min
mixed short questions and calculations
no aids allowed

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

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