Fuel Introduction

Basic course for Fuel Material Engineers and Managers | taught by A.N.T. International

Course description


This overview course gives an introduction to Fuel Material and will provide Engineers/Managers with the necessary background  information to understand more complicated fuel material information.  The course involves watching recorded lectures and taking a final online  exam (test). You may do your studies at any time or pace convenient for  you. Please note that your license for the course expires after one  year.

When you  have watched all the lectures you will be able to take a course exam. To  pass this exam you need to complete the test with 70% correct answers.  You have one hour (60 minutes) to finish the exam. If you fail to reach  the 70% you may redo the test (up to 3 times). Please note that you must wait 24 hours before you can retake the test. Once you have passed the  exam you have completed this course. Well done! You will automatically receive an email with your certificate that you can print or share on social media including LinkedIn. If you need a printed certificate, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will send it to you via regular mail. You reach us at support@antinternational.com.

The PowerPoint-presentations are available for download on almost all lectures. You will find them just before the lecture starts. (Some presentations are only partial. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Please note that these PowerPoint-presentations are the actual file from the seminar that has been recorded. Therefore, there may occur spelling errors and/or less perfect pictures or slides. As the presentations are the expert's own material we have not edited them before making these lectures available online.

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact support at support@antinternational.com.


The Authors and Lecturers of the report/webinars are World Class Experts in their fields and are as follows:

Dr. Charles PattersonMr. Peter Rudling

Course Duration

The below listed time for the lectures is the actual running time. More time may be needed to digest the information provided in this course and you may have to watch some lectures more than once.

  • Total time: About 15 hours of material, estimated time to finish, up to 1 week (full time studies)
  • Webinars: 14 h
  • 1 Exam: 1 h

Course Parts

Part 1 - Fuel Cycle, Reactor/Fuel Design

This part gives a general introduction to the course and focuses on different reactor and fuel designs in LWRs.

Part 2 - Reactor Safety

Reactor safety is important and this part gives a brief overview of this topic.

Part 3 - Fuel Design and Design Criteria

The regulators specify the mechanical, T/H and nuclear design criteria of the fuel assembly to ensure satisfactory behaviour during normal operation and accident conditions. The fuel vendors need to comply with these design criteria.

Part 4 - Fuel Performance during Normal Operation, Accident Conditions and Interim Dry Storage

This part of the course covers the behaviour of the Zr alloy material, the fuel and stainless steel/nickel base alloys used in the fuel assembly during normal operation, accident conditions as well as during interim dry storage.

Part 5 - Current Fuel Performance Issues

This part give a concise summary of the fuel performance issues today.


The information presented in this course has been compiled and analysed by Advanced Nuclear Technology International Europe AB (ANT International®) and its subcontractors. ANT International has exercised due diligence in this work, but does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information. ANT International does not assume any responsibility for any consequences as a result of the use of the information for any party, except a warranty for reasonable technical skill, which is limited to the amount paid for this course.

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Course Curriculum