22.313J / 2.59J / 10.536J Thermal Hydraulics in Power Technology

Spring 2007

Flames and bubbles surround a thin wire submerged in water.
Burnout of an electrically heated steel wire upon occurrence of the boiling crisis. (Image by Prof. Buongiorno.)

Course Description

This course covers the thermo-fluid dynamic phenomena and analysis methods for conventional and nuclear power stations. Specific topics include: kinematics and dynamics of two-phase flows; steam separation; boiling, instabilities, and critical conditions; single-channel transient analysis; multiple channels connected at plena; loop analysis including single and two-phase natural circulation; and subchannel analysis.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.

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Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session