UN 0803 – Nuclear Reactor Safety Design

2017 Version  

  August 12 & 13, 2017
  August 26 & 27, 2017
  September 23 & 24, 2017
  October 14 & 15, 2017
 Start Time:
  9:00 a.m.
 Lecturer Theatre
 Durham College – Whitby Campus
 1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7

Directions to Durham College Whitby Campus: 

  Victor Snell   Adjunct Professor, McMaster University

Distance Education:

  • If you will be participating in the course using distance education please inform the instructor by email prior to the course commencing. Access to UN803 via distance ed course will be through Blackboard Collaborate


  • 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.

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

Course Notes:

The textbook for this course is "The Essential CANDU" https://unene.ca/education/candu-textbook, particularly Chapters 13 and 16. Therefore only the classroom presentation material is given on this page. However the lecture notes from 2013 are provided here, as some of the material may be useful for self-study. Caution: they were current as of 2013 but are NOT maintained any more.