Nuclear Systems Design Project

Logo combines electron orbits, a leaf, a water drop, an atomic nucleus, and the hexagon shape of a reactor core.

The logo designed for this year's class design project: a power plant that combines emission-free electricity with carbon sequestration and fossil fuel displacement. (Courtesy of Alex Salazar. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

22.033 / 22.33

As Taught In

Fall 2011


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course includes a session in which various cheeses demonstrate the properties of metals under the high temperature and stress of a reactor.

Course Description

This capstone course is a group design project involving integration of nuclear physics, particle transport, control, heat transfer, safety, instrumentation, materials, environmental impact, and economic optimization. It provides opportunities to synthesize knowledge acquired in nuclear and non-nuclear subjects and apply this knowledge to practical problems of current interest in nuclear applications design. Each year, the class takes on a different design project; this year, the project is a power plant design that ties together the creation of emission-free electricity with carbon sequestration and fossil fuel displacement. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This course is an elective subject in MIT’s undergraduate Energy Studies Minor. This Institute-wide program complements the deep expertise obtained in any major with a broad understanding of the interlinked realms of science, technology, and social sciences as they relate to energy and associated environmental challenges.

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Michael Short. 22.033 Nuclear Systems Design Project. Fall 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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