818059 Nuclear safety and material problems I

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


Starting from general risk sources in society, a structured introduction to risk sciences is given and continues to prospective technology assessment. Probabilistic and deterministic methods in nuclear technology are examined as well as the toxicological concept of risk and the visualization of risks. Based on the central fields of work of the Institute for Safety and Risk Sciences - nuclear risk, nano- and biotechnology as well as renewable energies - an overview of essential terms and working methods in safety and risk research is given. Based on the overall societal significance of the risks of energy provision in general and nuclear technology in particular as part of critical infrastructure, inter- and transdisciplinary connections are presented. Through cooperation with the Austrian Armed Forces, an introduction to military risk assessment is also given.
Field trips to (predominantly foreign) nuclear and non-nuclear power plants provide a realistic impression of the dimensions and complexity of such plants.

Previous knowledge expected

High school degree knowledge

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
•name different concepts of risk assessment and describe their areas of application.
•explain the concept of prospective technology assessment.
•present and critically examine the embedding of specific technical risks in the context of society as a whole.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.