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Nuclear Plant Material Selection and Application

COURSE NO: T05-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Nuclear Plant Material Selection and Application
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course addresses commonly used nuclear plant materials and the characteristics desired when selecting material for such use. It also discusses some of the considerations used in the selection process including material properties, fuel, fuel cladding, reflector material, control materials, and shielding materials.


During the selection and application of materials used for construction of a nuclear facility, many different material properties and factors must be considered depending upon the requirements for each specific application. Generally, these consist of both non-fuel reactor materials, used for structural and component construction, and fuel materials.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical and plant engineers, construction and design personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of plant material selection and use.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Properties considered when selecting plant materials
  • Fuel materials
  • Cladding and reflections
  • Control materials
  • Shielding materials
  • Nuclear reactor core problems
  • Plant material problems
  • Atomic displacement due to irradiation
  • Thermal and displacement spikes due to irradiation
  • Effect due to neutron capture
  • Radiation effects in organic compounds
  • Reactor use of aluminum
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Module 5, "Plant Materials" of the Department of Energy Publication DOE-HDBK-1017/1-93, "Material Science".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Nuclear Plant Materials Selection and Application (1.4 MB)
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 Module 5 of this DOE publication.


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

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