Fuel Fabrication Audit/Review

Expert level course | taught by A.N.T. International

Course description


Many of the nuclear fuel fabrication steps have a significant effect on fuel performance; therefore, the audits of the fuel fabrication process are an important steps to assure that the fuel will perform as designed, including the margins to regulatory limits and failure.

The Fuel Fabrication Process course focuses on a “Process Audit” of BWR and PWR fuel fabrication, the audit of the fabrication process parameters most important for reliable fuel performance. Of the various audit types this is the most difficult to implement successfully as an auditor will require the appropriate combination of fabrication process and fuel performance knowledge, a background this course intends to supplement.

This Fuel Fabrication Process course provides the “What, Why and How” to look at in an audit by:
1.Listing the generic fabrication process steps for all components and their assembly (what to look for)
2.Identifying important audit points and the attendant potential effect of deviations on performance (why to look)
3.Assess the fabrication and QC process control at critical points (how to look)

The Fuel Fabrication Process course also provides guidance for setting up and carrying out an effective audit and very importantly, how to handle deviations found by either the vendor or the utility auditors.

This course involves reading technical reports, watching webinars and participating in online assessments (tests). To pass the tests you need to complete it with at least 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). 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.

Course Duration

Please note that the time to read the literature may differ from reader to reader. We have given our approximation on the time required for reading. 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.

  • Total time: About 2-week for full time studies
  • Reading: 23 h
  • Webinars: 9 h
  • 2 Tests: 2 h

Course Parts

Part 1 - Introduction

This part:

1) describes the nuclear cycle,

2) lists the fuel fabricators

3) describes the fuel assembly structure and its components as well as their functions.

Part 2 - Audit Procedures

The information covered in this part is:

1) utility audit procedures,

2) QA systems and standards

3) Quality Assurance Systems and Standards and, Qualification programs.

Part 3 - Component Manufacturing

The information covered here are manufacturing of:

1) Fuel pellet

2) Zr alloy components

3) Fuel rod assembly

4) Spacer grid assembly

5) End fittings

6) Fuel bundle assembly


7) BWR channel assembly

Part 4 - Statistics and Software QA

This part of the course provides background and guidance on auditing the statistical processes, their application and evaluation of their results as well as QA of software.

Authors/Lecturers Part 1-3

Mr. Alfred StrasserDr. Charles PattersonMr. Peter Rudling

Authors/Lecturers Part 4

Mr. Kenny EppersonDr. Graham Walker


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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ANT International Academy supportteam can be reached at support@antinternational.com.

Course Curriculum

Test - Part 1 and 2
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Chapter 12 - Dimensional Stability and BWR Channel Bowing
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