Fall 2016

NQE301 Nuclear Reactor Theory


Course Outline


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

Room # 2419 (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

YuGwon Jo (yugwon@kaist.ac.kr x3859)

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

Link to

2015




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

Date

Contents

9/1

Classroom is changed from #4404 to #2419 permanently.

9/7

  Homework #1 is updated.

9/20

  Homework #2 is updated.

10/3

  Due date of Homework #3 is posponed to October 6th.

10/5

  No class on October 27th

  Makeup class on October 8th (10:30-11:50 am)

10/11

  Q&A session on October 15th (10:00~11:30 am)

  Mid-term exam on October 20th (1:00~3:50 pm) at Doosan lecture room (#4404)

10/14

Midterm Annoucnement

  • Open Book
  • Coverage : upto and inclusive of Class Handout page 144 and Problem Set # 4 (except problems 1 & 2).

10/20

  • No class on Nov. 8th (Tuesday)
    Makeup class  on Oct. 28th (Friday) at 8:30 ~ 9:50 pm

     
  • No class on Nov. 10th (Thursday)
    Makeup class on Nov. 18th (Friday) at 7:00 ~ 8:20 pm

10/31

  Solution of Midterm Exam Problem #4 is uploaded here.

12/12

Final Exam Annoucnement

  • Open Book
  • Final exam is on December 15th (Thursday), 1:00~5:30 pm, at Doosan lecture room.
  • Homework 7 is included in the coverage of the final exam.
  • You need to bring your notebook for programming.

TA Q&A Session

  • TA Q&A session is on December 13th at 2:30pm in the cyberspace. 

 

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
  9.1/9.6 Overview and Introduction

 

  9.8/9.13 Overview - Neutron Chain Reaction Systems

 

  9.15 Nuclear Reactions, Cross Sections, Nuclear Fission

 

 

9.20/9.22

Slowingdown, Analytic Solutions of Slowingdown Equations

 

  9.27/9.29

Resonance Absorption, Doppler Effect, Effect of Fuel Lumping

 

  10.4/10.6

Overview - Reactor Core Design

 

  10.11/10.13

Overview - Multigroup Diffusion Approximation

 

  10.18 Bare Thermal Reactors  
  10.20

Midterm Exam

 

  10.27/11.1

Multiregion Reactors

 

  11.3

Multigroup Diffusion Equations

 

  11.8/11.10

Numerical Solution Methods I

 

  11.15/11.17

Numerical Solution Methods II

 

  11.22/11.24

Reactor Kinetics : Simplistic Point Kinetics,Quasi-Static Kinetics 

 

  11.29/12.1

Reactor Reactivity Feedback, Depletion

 

  12.6 Elements of Monte Carlo Method I  
  12.8

Elements of Monte Carlo Method II

 

  12.13 Final Review  
 

12.15

Final Exam

 

 

 

Problem sets

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

Post

Due

9/5

Homework 1

9/13

9/13

Homework 2

9/22

9/27

Homework 3

10/4

10/10

Homework 4

10/25

11/3

Homework 5

11/3

11/22

Homework 6

11/29

12/6

Homework 7

12/15

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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