UN 0803 – Nuclear Reactor Safety Design

2019 Course 


   August 17 & 18, 2019    Introductory
   August 24 & 25, 2019
   September 7 & 8, 2019
   September 21 & 22, 2019
   October 19 & 20, 2019

 Start Time:

   9:00 a.m.


   Lecturer Theatre,  Room 1-0           
   Durham College – Whitby Campus
   610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7
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   Victor Snell   Adjunct Professor, McMaster University


  • Final date to Register – September 6, 2019
  • Last day to Drop Course – September 6, 2019


Prerequisite:  Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program

Distance Education:

  • If you will be participating in the course using distance education via Webex please inform the instructor by email prior to the course commencing.


  • Although the level of physics and math required for UN0803 is relatively modest, it is highly recommended that you review the Physics refresher / prerequisite material for this course and the general Math refresher / prerequisite to ensure you are ready for UN0803. See the Refresher / Prerequisite Material page for further information.
  • It is assumed you are familiar with CANDU design. If not, it is highly recommended that you skim the text for UN0803 to understand what you need to know; and read the relevent sections of the textbook: "The Essential CANDU" for a summary of the CANDU design.

Course Description:

Safety design and analysis of nuclear reactors based on deterministic and probabilistic assessments. Topics include: concepts of risk; probability tools and techniques; safety criteria; design basis accidents; risk assessment; safety analysis; safety system design; and general policy and principles.

Nuclear Reactor Safety Design Introductory

2019 Course Notes:  

The textbook for this course is "The Essential CANDU" https://unene.ca/education/candu-textbook, particularly Chapters 13 and 16.   Only the classroom presentation material is given on this page.