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Present Reactor Designs

Charles A. Patterson, P.E.

Course Outline

This course is intended to be a basic understanding of the differences between a pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) that are operating in the United States today. 

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers and other technical people that will be working in or considering working in the nuclear power industry.

Benefit to Attendees

People taking this course will have a better understanding of the differences in the operating reactors in the United States

Course Introduction

With a rebirth of nuclear power being discussed and planned, many people may be considering employment in this field but may not understand the differences in reactors that are in operation today. This course will provide an overview of these issues to clarify them.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file:

Present Reactor Designs

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Course Summary

A basic understanding of the commercial nuclear reactors operating today in the United States is presented. This covers how the differences between a PWR and BWR.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.