2016 Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Takeshita Kenji  Tsukahara Takehiko  Kato Yukitaka 
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Mon3-4(N2-571)  Thr3-4(N2-571)  
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Course description and aims

Science and technologies in nuclear fuel cycle, consisting of uranium mining and refining, uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication, spent fuel reprocessing, partitioning and transmutation of actinides and lanthanides, and waste management, will be lectured.

Student learning outcomes

The goals of this course are as follows.
1. Students can understand the basic concepts of nuclear fuel cycles consisting of uranium mining/refining/enrichment, fuel fabrication, and waste management.
2. Students can understand the basic characteristics of radioisotopes and nuclear fuel, and explain their properties.
3. Students can get the scientific knowledge of the use of nuclear materials.


Nuclear fuel cycle, partitioning and transmutation, actinide and lanthanide chemistry, waste management

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In order to improve your learning, the practice will be done.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Concept of nuclear fuel cycle Studies on basic concept of nuclear fuel cycle
Class 2 Lanthanide and actinide chemistry - 1 Studies on electronic structures and magnetic properties of Lanthanides and actinides
Class 3 Lanthanide and actinide chemistry - 2 Studies on structural chemistry, coordination chemistry, synthesis chemistry of Lanthanides and actinides
Class 4 Mining and refining of uranium Studies on mining and refining methods of uranium
Class 5 Solvent extraction method and purification of uranium Studies on solvent extraction methods of uranium
Class 6 Nuclides containing spent nuclear fuels and their properties Studies on properties of nuclides containing spent nuclear fuels
Class 7 Purex reprocessing method of spent nuclear fuels Studies on Purex methods for the separation of uranium and plutonium
Class 8 Pyro-reprocessing method of spent nuclear fuels Studies on Pyro-reprocessing methods of spent nuclear fuels by using molten salt
Class 9 Concept of uranium enrichment Studies on concept of uranium enrichment
Class 10 Uranium enrichment methods (gaseous diffusion and centrifuge methods) Studies on uranium enrichment methods, in particular, gaseous diffusion and centrifuge methods
Class 11 Uranium enrichment methods (laser and chemical methods) Studies on uranium enrichment methods, in particular, laser and chemical methods
Class 12 Advanced reprocessing methods Studies on advanced reprocessing methods
Class 13 Highe-level radioactive waste treatment methods Studies on properties of high-level radioactive wastes and thier reprocessing methods
Class 14 Partitioning and transmutation Studies on partitioning and transmutation technologies
Class 15 Disposal methods of radioactive wastes Studies on deep geological disposal methods



Reference books, course materials, etc.

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Related courses

  • CAP.E361 : Radiation Chemistry
  • NCL.C402 : Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal Engineering
  • CAP.E362 : Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • 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.C604 : Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Sepcial Laboratory

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

You had better to understand the knowledge of basic chemistry.

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

ptsuka[at]nr.titech.ac.jp / 3067

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