UN 601 – Control, Instrumentation and Electrical Systems in CANDU based Nuclear Power Plants

2022 course – updates and material will be posted as they become available 

– New DATES August 6-7, 2022
Saturdays and Sundays: June 25-26, July 9-10, July 23-24, August 13-14, 2022.
Time:9:00am – 5:00pm, with lunch breaks at 12:00pm
Location:Lecturer Theatre (Rm 1-0)
Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7
Durham College – Whitby Campus Map
Instructor:Dr. Jing Jiang, Western University
Final date to Register without penalty – June 24, 2022
Last day to Drop Course – June 27, 2022


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

Distance Education

  • Zoom is the web conferencing tool for distance ed.
  • 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 UN0601. See the Refresher / Prerequisite Material page for further information.


Although the level of physics and math required for UN0601 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 UN0601. See the Refresher / Prerequisite Material page for further information.

Course Description

This course covers the basic control, instrumentation and electrical systems commonly found in CANDU based nuclear power plants. The course starts with an overall view of the dynamics associated with different parts of the plant, i.e. reactor, heat transport systems, moderator, steam generator, turbine, and electrical generator. Based on such knowledge, the control and regulation functions in the above systems are then defined. Different instrumentation and measurement techniques are examined, along with control strategies. The time and frequency domain performance characterizations of control loops are introduced with consideration of actuator and sensor limitations. Different controller design and tuning methods and instrumentation calibration procedures are discussed. Two modes of operation of CANDU plants will be analyzed, i.e. normal mode and alternate mode. Advanced control technologies, such as distributed control systems, Field bus communication protocols are introduced in view of their potential applications in the existing and newly constructed CANDU power plants. The electric systems in the CANDU plant will be examined. The modeling of the dynamics and control devices for the generator will be covered in details. The dynamic interaction between the CANDU power plants and the rest of the electric power grid with other generating facilities and various types of load will be studied.

Attendees must register in advance with Areti Tsiliganos (unene@mcmaster.ca). A reminder will be sent leading up to the dates for the courses.

2022 Course Notes

Course Outline

UN0601 Course Outline 2022