Westinghouse Nuclear Home Page Westinghouse Customer Training Website
Register  |  Login
Course: Fuel Rod Design - PWR (FR200)

Course Code: Course Name:
FR200 Fuel Rod Design - PWR
Course ID: Course Duration:
10236778 5.0 Day(s)


The purpose of PWR fuel rod design is to ensure the integrity of the fuel rod throughout its projected lifetime. Fuel rods are designed to satisfy a variety of conservative design bases during both Condition 1 and 2 events. For each design basis, the performance of the limiting fuel rod (with appropriate allowance for uncertainties) must not exceed the design limit.

Criteria addressed as part of the fuel rod design process include rod internal pressure, cladding stress and strain, cladding corrosion and fuel temperatures. The fuel rod design process establishes parameters such as pellet size and density, cladding-pellet diametral gap, plenum size, helium pressurization levels, and fuel burnup capabilities.

Key Features and Benefits
This course provides a detailed description of the fuel rod design process. Key inputs to the fuel rod design are identified and the fuel rod design criteria, design codes, and methods of analyses are described.  At the end of this course, the participant will gain familiarity with the fuel rod design criteria and will understand the process to perform fuel rod design related calculations including rod internal pressure calculations, clad stress calculations, and fuel rod temperature calculations. The participant will also be introduced to some of the fuel rod design criteria methods and changes introduced with PAD5. The course will include ALFRED training and close on a tour of the Westinghouse Specialty Metals Plant (Optional).

The registration deadline is August 9, 2024.


Course Schedule:
Day 1
Fuel Rod Design and Codes Overview
Design Interface Requirements
Fuel Performance Models (Part I)
Day 2    
Fuel Performance Models (Part I Continued)
Fuel Performance Models (Part II)
Fuel Temperature Analysis
Day 3   
Rod Internal Pressure-No Gap Reopening
Rod Internal Pressure-DNB Propagation
Clad Corrosion
Day 4
Clad Stress and Transient Clad Strain
Steady State Strain
Other Fuel Rod Design Criteria
Day 5
ALFRED Training
Tour of Westinghouse Specialty Metals Plant in Blairsville, PA (Optional)

There are no specific prerequisites for this course.

Register For This Course
Show Interest In This Course
Ask A Question About This Course


Course Subscriptions
Enter your email address below to subscribe to Course Announcements:
If you have an account on the system please login before subscribing.

You are not logged in.

Nuclearning is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC in the United States and may be registered in other countries throughout the world. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.