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The Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Course Difficulty: Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.

Course Category: Basic Nuclear Science

Screenshot from the Fuel Cycle Course
Screenshot from the Fuel Cycle Course

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Module Description: In this module, students will be introduced to the basic nuclear fuel cycle including the different processes involved and the basic physics of the fundamental components.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and a basic understanding of physics and chemistry.

Learning Objectives: Students completing this module should be able to describe all of the steps in military and civilian nuclear fuel cycles and be able to perform basic analysis of known fuel cycles. Students should be able to describe how fuel cycle facilities operate and the materials used and produced by those facilities.

Outline: This module consists of the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Front End of the Fuel Cycle
  3. Fuel Irradiation and Fuel Storage
  4. Back End of the Fuel Cycle

Each section contains reading material, videos, and reference materials. The reading material includes a brief discussion of the subject matter, and the videos explore the subject in further detail. The student should complete the reading material and then watch the videos if they wish to have additional information and a more in-depth explanation of the subject matter

A special thanks to Dr. W.D. Reece and Dr. W.H. Hsu for their help in producing this module.

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