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Part III Options: Nuclear Materials

NM: Nuclear Materials

Ian Farnan

(This course is taught jointly between Materials Sciences and Earth Sciences).

12 Lectures in early Michaelmas term.

Nuclear Materials covers the interaction of neutrons with matter (capture and scattering) and the effects of radiation on the physical and mechanical properties of materials.

Examples are presented on nuclear metallurgy and radiation resistant steels as well as the interaction of radiation with natural analogues such as zircons and man-made nuclear wasteforms.

The final part of the course discusses the aqueous durability of man-made wasteforms and the challenge of their long-term storage and disposal in a geological repository. 

Examination: 90 minute theory paper.


Past Tripos papers