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Nuclear Energy Principles and Reactor Fundamentals

COURSE NO: N05-002
Nuclear Energy Principles and Reactor Fundamentals
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course is a graded summary of important aspects of the Light Water Reactor (LWR) core and plant systems.


There are two types of LWR technologies, Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactors (BWR). This course discusses fundamental design traits of each providing contrasts between performance and safety features. Its intent is to provide a clear understanding of nuclear terminology associated with LWR technology, including fundamentals, systems, safety, and regulations.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to industrial and nuclear engineers as well as other technical professionals who are interested in learning more about Light Water Reactor systems.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the basic concepts of radioactive materials and radioactivity
  • Identifying the potential effect of various types of radioactive particles and waves on the human body
  • Learning about the reactions in fissile material and the resulting decay products as the various forms of radioactivity
  • Understanding the basic core physics principles core physics, reactor control and heat transfer
  • Learning about the Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) and the Boiling Water Reactors (BWR)
  • Knowing the material degradation issues such as water chemistry issues and fuel and structural material issues
  • Identifying safety issues such as initiating events, anticipated frequency of occurrence and barriers of defense
  • Knowing the reactor instrumentation and control: reactor data acquisition system and the reactor protection and engineered safety feature actuation system
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Nuclear Energy Principles and Reactor Fundamentals”, which is based on U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory operated by Battelle Energy Alliance  “Reactor Fundamentals

Handbook”, publication INL/EXT-19-53301 Revision 0, dated April 2019.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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