Nuclear energy



To continue with the economic development of the country by means of the training and education of highly schooled manpower of high quality for the South African new build nuclear programme. It includes projects such as the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), the Koeberg new build initiative, KLYDON front-end development initiatives, NECSA nuclear R&D initiatives, etc. The development of these new technologies relies heavily on a professional staff corps that either acquired the necessary knowledge base through years of experience in the industry or via focused postgraduate education. The new Master’s programme in Nuclear Engineering attempts to contribute to the development of this new industry via focused postgraduate education.

Research areas:

  • Thermal fluid systems modelling
  • Thermal fluid systems design
  • Test facilities
  • Reactor analysis and design
  • Process heat applications
  • High temperature reactor (HTR) materials
  • Permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSMs)
  • Multiphysics, multiscale modelling and control
  • Process modelling, fault tracing, diagnostic and neural networks

Refinement process considerations and optimisation of projects and funding:

  • Development of the postgraduate Diploma in Nuclear Engineering
  • The development of a series of short courses that are based on the Master’s and Postgraduate Diploma courses, but not limited to them.
  • The development of an instruction simulator for the PBMR plant
  • Design and construction of sub-critical facility
  • Acquisition of a TRIGA reactor for education purposes