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Master Materials Science for Nuclear Energy - MaNuEn

Updated on July 21, 2014
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Overview

  • Master

  • Degree awarded : Master
    Duration :
    Two years starting in September

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Summary

This program results from the partnership with INSTN, CEA and EDF.

The master is an international program for students wishing to work in the Nuclear industry, in R&D or in Research centers. It is a two-year Master program designed to cover specificities of materials used in a nuclear environment from nuclear fuels to structural materials of nuclear reactors, with a special focus on their durability under irradiation. During the first year (M1), students will be integrated into the international course of PHELMA.
The second year program M2 has been developed in collaboration with engineers from the French power company EDF and the French Atomic Commission CEA and is co-accredited by the INSTN.

Objectives

Become a:

  • R&D Engineer in a private company or research institution
  • Engineer expert in materials issues

  • Training partners

    The strong partnership with engineers and researchers of EDF R&D and CEA working on materials for the nuclear industry will allow the students to refine their professional project and will facilitate contacts to find an internship at the end of the second year.

    Possible research laboratories:

    CEA

    EDF

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Admission

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Science to get in first year
  • Bachelor of Engineering or one year of a Master's degree or the equivalent thereof to get in second year
  • English proficiency
  • Excellent academic results

Contacts

Academic information

Emilie FERRIE

Luc SALVO

Yves BRECHET

Education contact


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Program

  • Course duration :
    Two years starting in September

Program

*ECTS : European Credit Transfer System
Program subject to change

YEAR 1

September - May (60 ECTS*)

  • Fundamentals in Materials Science
Themodynamics and microstructure
Microstructure and properties
Solid State chemistry
Crystallography
  • Applied Materials 1
From materials to products
Physics of Functional Materials
  • Mathematical and modelling tools
Numerical methods
  • Applied materials 2
Plasticity and thermo mechanical treatment
Practical on thermo mechanical treatment and constitutive law
Introduction to nuclear industry
  • Characterization and modelling
Multiscale modelling
Finite Element Project
Materials Characterization

Summer (11 wks)
  • Research project in a laboratory

YEAR 2
September - January (30 ECTS*)
  • Fundamentals in Nuclear Energy
Fundamentals in Nuclear Physics and thermohydraulics
Fundamentals in Materials Sciences
General operation of nuclear reactors
General approach to Energy issues
Conferences about energy
  •  Materials for nuclear reactors
Reactor design
Materials selection methods
Materials used in reactors
Design of primary circuits components
Nuclear coolants: water and Sodium
  • Physics of irradiated materials
Fundamentals in modelling methods
Irradiation defects
Irradiation microstructures and dislocation
Interaction between radiations and living matter
  • Material ageing in a nuclear environment
Irradiation ageing
Advanced fracture mechanics
Nuclear corrosion
Laboratory classes
-------------Choose one of the following ----------------------------

Components: courses at EDF R&D (90hrs)
Fuels: courses at CEA Cadarache   (90hrs)

February - June (30 ECTS*)
  • Internship minimum of 5 months

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International

  • Language of instruction : All courses are taught in English
  • Internship abroad : No
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Prospects

Expected learning outcomes

The different topics covered in the program  are components design, material selection for nuclear reactors as well as  metallurgical and physico-chemical aspects of ageing under irradiation. The core courses provide the fundamental background to understand the behavior of materials in a nuclear environment.  Specific and technological issues  will be addressed in two optional courses: the option "Components"  organized by R&D EDF engineers and the option "Nuclear Fuels " by CEA engineers.  In both optional courses, the on-site teaching which takes place at the EDF R&D Center or CEA represents a unique "immersion learning" experience for students.

Careers

A strong partnership with  EDF R&D and  CEA who are key actors in the nuclear industry
50% of the courses are given by professionals from the nuclear industry who have a unique expertise in the field
Attend a number of conferences which deal with today's Energy issues
On-site teaching at the CEA research Center  or the EDF R&D Center.
The content of the courses has been carefully designed and reviewed with the help of EDF and CEA to train material engineers with a culture in nuclear physics and thermal hydraulics. The newly-trained nuclear engineers will thus be able to manage currently existing nuclear power plants and will be able to face the challenges associated to their ageing, their replacements and the development of the next generation of reactors.

Further learning opportunities


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Written by Sophie Adelaide Magnier

Date of update July 21, 2014

Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes