2016 Thermal‐Hydraulics and Radiation‐Measurement Laboratory

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Oguri Yoshiyuki  Takahashi Minoru  Kondo Kotaro  Katabuchi Tatsuya  Sawada Tetsuo 
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Mon5-8(原講571, 原子炉研実習室, North No.2, 5F-571)  
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Course description and aims

Students learn the basic knowledge and techniques of nuclear engineering through experiment and experience in the following two themes:
(1) Thermal-hydraulics: Reactor core cooling phenomena such as single-phase heat transfer, boiling two-phase flow regime and critical heat flux (CHF)
(2) Radiation measurement: Measuring techniques of alpha/beta/gamma-rays from radioisotopes and radiation-matter interactions.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Understand the coolant behaviors in increase of core fuel temperature, and discuss and do experimental study on safe reactor cooling.
(2) Understand the interaction between radiation and matter, and explain basic methodologies of radiation measurement.


Heat transfer, Boiling, Two-phase flow, Critical heat flux (CHF), Burnout, Alpha-ray, beta-ray, gamma-ray, semiconductor detector, GM counter, stopping power, range, energy spectrum, Poisson distribution

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Class 1 and class 2 give lectures for all the students. These lectures are followed by lab classes, in which the students are divided into groups for different lab works. The students conduct the lab works under the guidance of instructors.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Pre-laboratory lecture on thermal-hydraulic experiment Report on lecture contents
Class 2 Pre-laboratory lecture on radiation measurement
Class 3 Thermal-hydraulic experiment: Experimental apparatus and fabrication of heater pin Report on experimental apparatus and the method of fabrication of test section
Class 4 Thermal-hydraulic experiment: Measurement of single-phase heat transfer coefficient Report on the experimental result of heat transfer and consideration
Class 5 Thermal-hydraulic experiment: Observation of boiling two-phase flow regimes and burnout at the condition of critical heat flux Report on the experimental result of boiling two-phase flow regime and critical heat flux and consideration
Class 6 Alpha-ray measurement Explain the energy deposition mechanism to electrons in the target by direct ionization effect.
Class 7 Beta-ray measurement Explain fluctuations of the range in the target and statistical variation of the counting rate.
Class 8 Gamma-ray measurement Explain the interaction with matter and properties of different types of detectors.


Experiment manual "Thermal-Hydraulics and Radiation-Measurement Laboratory" is distributed by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

[6] R.B. Firestone and V.S. Shirley, "Table of isotopes (8th edition)", John Wiley, New York, ISBN-13: 978-0-4711-4917-0 (1996).
[9] Glenn F. Knoll, "Radiation Detection and Measurement (4th edition)", Wiley, ISBN-13: 978-0-4701-3148-0(2010).

Assessment criteria and methods

Quizzes at the end of the prelaboratory lectures (20%) and lab reports (80%)

Related courses

  • NCL.N401 : Basic Nuclear Physics
  • NCL.N405 : Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics
  • NCL.N406 : Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • NCL.N407 : Nuclear Safety Engineering
  • NCL.N408 : Nuclear Reactor Physics Laboraotry
  • NCL.D405 : Experiments for Nuclear Fuel Debris and Back‐end Fuel Cycle A
  • NCL.D406 : Experiments for Nuclear Fuel Debris and Back‐end Fuel Cycle B
  • NCL.N405 : Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics
  • MEC.E201 : Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineeirng)
  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Minoru Takahashi: mtakahas[at]nr.titech.ac.jp, 2957
Yoshiyuki Oguri: yoguri[at]nr.titech.ac.jp, 3071

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance.

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