An Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant

Introduction, Elements of Nuclear Reactor and power plant, Nuclear power plant types, Site selection and Waste disposal
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Nuclear Power Plant


  • High School Science


The reserves of fissile fuel (coal, oil and gas) are depleting very fast. In some countries oil reserves are only of one or two decade.  In this scenario, it is one of the option to use more nuclear power generation. In the world, installed capacity of nuclear power plants is less than 5% and most of electricity is generated by coal based thermal power plant. Considering scope of nuclear power plant in future, this course is designed to understand the basic of nuclear power plant.

In Lecture 1, structure of atom, isotopes, binding energy, radioactivity, fission and fusion process and nuclear chain reaction are explained. In Lecture 2, elements of nuclear reactor and power plants are explained with their types. Typically nuclear power plant consists of  nuclear reactor, heat exchange-steam generator, coolant pump, steam turbine, condenser, feed pump and generator.  Nuclear reactor consists of nuclear vessel, fuel, coolant, moderator, control rod, shield and reflector.

In Lecture 3, Pressurized water reactor power plant and boiling water reactor plant are  discussed with schematic.  In Lecture 4, Gas cooled reactor and liquid metal graphite reactor power plant are explained with schematic. site selection for nuclear power plant and disposal of nuclear waste from  power plant are delivered in Lecture 5.

Who this course is for:

  • Engineering and Anyone interested in Nuclear Power

Course content

1 section5 lectures1h 15m total length
  • Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant
  • Elements of nuclear reactor and power plant
  • Pressurised water reactor and boiling water reactor
  • Gas cooled reactor and liquid metal graphite reactor
  • Site selection and disposal of waste


Mechanical Engineering
Sanjay Barahate
  • 3.3 Instructor Rating
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  • 455 Students
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I am graduate in Mechanical Engineering from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, Maharashtra,  India and Post graduate and Doctorate from IIT Bombay, India. My areas of Interests are Heat Transfer, Energy Engineering, HVAC, Renewable energy and Gas Turbine. I am currently working as a Professor in Mechanical Engineering, K K Wagh Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik, Maharashtra, India.