UN 0803 – Nuclear Reactor Safety Design

2015 Version

  August 8 & 9, 2015
  August 22 & 23, 2015
  September 19 & 20, 2015
  October 3 & 4, 2015
 Start Time:
  9:00 a.m.
  Lecture Theatre
  Durham College – Whitby Campus
  1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7
  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.