Fall 2015

NQE301 Nuclear Reactor Theory


Course Outline


Time Tuesday 2:30-4:00PM   Thursday 2:30-4:00PM
Classroom

Room # 4401 (ME Building)


Lecture/Lab/Credit (Homework Hours)

3:0:3 (4)

Instructor Prof. Nam Zin Cho (nzcho@kaist.ac.kr x3819)
Instructor Office Hours Tuesday 10:30-12:00AM
Thursday 10:30-12:00AM
Teaching Assistants

Yoonhee Lee (yooney0316@kaist.ac.kr x3859)

TA Office Hours Wednesday 5:00-8:00PM
Lecture In English

Link to

2014




[ Notice | Keywords | Introduction | Lecture Schedule | Problem Sets | Course Grading | Textbook/References ]
 
 
Notice
 

Date

Contents

9/8

No Class on 9/17

9/8

Makeup class : 9/14 (Mon.) 8:00 PM~9:30 PM

10/6

No Classes on 11/10, 11/12, 11/17

Makeup class : 10/9 (Fri.) 10:00 AM~11:30 AM
 (Two more makeup classes to be determined later)

Regular class on 10/22

Midterm : Take-home on 10/29
(Noon to Noon, 24 hours)
 (Distributed and Returned by E-Mail)

11/19

Makeup classes : 11/28 (Sat.) 10:30 AM~ 12:00 PM
Makeup classe : 12/5 (Sat.) 10:30 AM~ 12:00 PM

12/10

Final Exam (Open-book in classroom) 
12/17 (Thu.) 2:30PM~6:30 PM
(Laptop computer should be prepared)

 
Keywords
 
Keywords
 
Nuclear Reactor Theory, Criticality, Neutron Diffusion Theory, Slowingdown Theory, Heterogeneity in a Reactor Core, Two-Group Diffusion Equations, Diffusion Code, One-Region Reactors, Multiregion Reactors, Reactor Kinetics

Introduction
This course is designed to introduce fundamental reactor theory related with neutron reaction, nuclear fission and chain reactions. Major subjects are : neutron slowingdown in infinite medium, neutron diffusion theory, few energy group approximation and criticality calculation, heterogeneous reactor, dynamics and reactivity feedback effects, and projects writing computational programs for reactor analysis (neutron slowingdown, two-group neutron diffusion equation, depletion calculation, point kinetics, etc)

Lecture Schedule
9.1/9.3 Overview and Introduction

 

9.8/9.10 Overview - Neutron Chain Reaction Systems

 

9.15/9.17 Nuclear Reactons, Cross Sections, Nuclear Fission

 

9.22/9.24

Slowingdown, Analytic Solutions of Slowingdown Equations

 

9.29/10.1 Resonance Absorption, Doppler Effect

 

10.6/10.8 Overview - Reactor Core Design

 

10.13/10.15 Overview - Multigroup Diffusion Approximation

 

10.20 Bare Thermal Reactors

 

10.22 Midterm Exam

 

10.27/10.29

Multiregion Reactors

 

11.3 Multigroup Diffusion Equations

 

11.5/11.10 Numerical Solution Methods I

 

11.12/11.17 Numerical Solution Methods II

 

11.19/11.24

Reactor Kinetics : Simplistic Point Kinetics,Quasi-Static Kinetics 

 

11.26/12.1 Reactor Reactivity Feedback, Depletion

 

12.3 Elements of Monte Carlo Method I

 

12.8 Elements of Monte Carlo Method II

 

12.10 Final Review

 

12.17 Final Exam

 

 

 

Problem sets

* Overdue submission of homework will have 5% reduction per day in grade!
 

Post

Due

9/1

Reading Assignment 1 :

 

9/8

Homework 1

9/17

9/15

Homework 2

9/24

10/1

Homework 3

10/13

10/13

Homework 4

10/22

11/3

Homework 5

11/19

11/23

Homework 6

12/1

12/2

Homework 7

12/10

 
Course Grading
 
	Midterm                 20% 
	Final                   30% 
	Project & Presentation  25% 
	Homework                25% 
	----------------------------
	Total                  100%

Textbook
     - No formal textbook
     - Class handouts
     - Reading assignments from
      * Lamarsh, Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory, Addison-Wesley, 1966.

     


 

 

 

References
        Primary :
        - Lamarsh, Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory, Addison-Wesley, 1966.
        - Duderstadt and Hamilton, Nuclear Reactor Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, 1976.
       Secondary :
       - E.E.Lewis, Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics, Academic Press,2008.
       - S. Nakamura, Computational Methods in Engineering and Science, John Wiley & Sons, 1977.
 

     

     

 


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