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Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4I11: Advanced Fission and Fusion System, 2016-17

Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4I11: Advanced Fission and Fusion System, 2016-17

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Module Leader

Dr E Shwageraus


Dr E Shwageraus, Mr A Roulstone and external lecturer Kemp

Timing and Structure

Lent term. 16 lectures & 4 examples papers. Assessment: 100% exam




The aims of the course are to:

  • provide an understanding of advanced systems, why they are being pursued, what are their advantages and their difficulties in becoming commercially viable designs.


Further aims:

  • What are the factors that are driving the development of advanced systems?
  • Overview of fast reactor development & Gen IV reactor systems, including accelerator driven sub-critical reactors;
  • Introduce the principles of fusion energy physics and the current status of research;
  • Explain how the principles of fusion energy are to be applied for the design of future fusion energy systems;
  • Re-cycle fuel studies, including reprocessing and re-fabrication;
  • Status, issues and what would be needed to bring advanced reactor systems to a commercial standard with safety and economics as good as current Generation III+ designs

Fission Systems

  • Design objectives, drivers & alternatives (1l)
  • Advanced thermal systems – example high temperature gas reactor(2l)
  • Fast neutron systems – including external Dr A Judd(4l)
  • Lines of development(1l).
  • Advanced Fuel cycles – from NNL(2l)

Fusion Systems

Introduction & Physics of fusion systems - Professor Steve Cowley CCFE (2l)

  • Fusion reactions: cross sections and reactivity
  • Magnetic and inertial approaches to fusion
  • Equilibrium, transport, instabilities and power balance

Physics & Materials - Dr R Kemp CCFE (2l)

  • Heating systems and current drive
  • Layout of a fusion power plant
  • Fusion reactor components and materials requirements

Performance Safety and Design Dr R Kemp CCFE (2l)

  • Safety of a fusion
  • Radiological hazards and waste products
  • Fusion in the market and timescale to fusion
  • Designing a fusion power plant


Please see the Booklist for Group I Courses for references for this module.


Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.

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