2016 Nuclear Engineering Science II

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Akatsuka Hiroshi  Academic Supervisor  Ohnuki Toshihiko  Koyama Shinichi  Funasaka Hideyuki  Takeuchi Masayuki  Sakakibara Yasuhide  Kitada Takanori  Matsumura Kunihito    Ohsawa Hideaki  Mihara Morihiro 
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Course description and aims

We deliver lecture of nuclear fuel cycle engineering, as an interdiscipilary area of physics, chemistry, geology and sociology in nuclear engineering, comprehensively to beginners in this field. Resarchers at development front will deliver lectures from relating universities and JAEA. This course is suitable for students better for those majoring in physics or mechanical engineering than for those in chemistry or chemical engineering.

Student learning outcomes

Students become able to understand and explain the basic matters of comprehensive theory about energy environment, nuclear fuel cycle, and the deep geological science. Students become able to have and explain knowledge about nuclear fuel cycle engineering to non-specialists, keeping in mind that this is one of the interdisciplinary area of physics, chemistry, earth science, engineering, and sociology of nuclear power.


comprehensive energy environment, nuclear fuel cycle, control of radioactive and nuclear waste

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

World-class researchers will deliver lectures, based on their most excellent research. This lecture utilizes internet communications system with some other national universities, and therefore, the lecture is given from 13:10 to 14:40.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Intgroduction of nuclear reactor engineering and nuclear fuel cycle (H. AKatsuka) Students become able to understand nucledar reactor engineering, nuclear fuel cycle, fast breeder reactors and the radioactive wastes.
Class 2 Energy problems (Y. Sakakibara) Students become able to understand the issues of nuclear energy and foster an awareness of energy problems.
Class 3 Energy policy of Japan and the world (Y. Sakakibara) Students become able to understand the trend of the Japanese and international energy policies, and obtain information to understand the realistic energy situation.
Class 4 Isotope separation (H. Akatsuka) Students become able to understand isotopic effect and isotope separation.
Class 5 Nuclear fuel engineering (S. Koyama) Students become able to understand the characteristics of nuclear material, fundamentals of nuclear fuel engineering and fuel manufacturing process.
Class 6 Introduction of fast breeder reactor cycle (H. Funasaka) Students become able to understand fast breeder reactor fuel cycle, and aware the its difference from the LWR and itscharacteristics.
Class 7 Nuclear safety (T. Kitada) Students become able to understand how to achieve the safety, and aware immediate task, the recent domestic and international trends.
Class 8 Safety design of nuclear power plant (K. Matsumura) Students become able to understand the overview of the safety design of commercial nuclear reactors, severe accident case studies, such as mainly caused by htermohydraulic phenomena.
Class 9 Chemistry and engineering of reprocessing process (M. Takeuchi) Students become able to understand the significance of reprocessing of, the basic theory of solvent extraction, the basic distribution chemistry and behavior of actinides and fission products. They become able to understand the safety of the PUREX system engineering based on past examples of accidents .
Class 10 Nuclide separation technology (M. Takeuchi) Students become able to understand the significance of partitining and transmutation, the characteristics of the high-level liquid waste, the basis for the separation chemistry of MA (Am, Cm) and LLFP, and the partitioning technology.
Class 11 Element conversion and creation of resources by nuclear reactors with radioactive wastes (Lecturer TBD) Students become able to understand the useful nuclide separation / conversion / use concept, creation rare metals and isotopes tailorings by nuclear transmutation (neutron capture reaction) and, their separation chemistry.
Class 12 Introduction to radioactive waste management (H. Sato) Students become able to understand concepts of radioactive waste management and reprocessing/disposal technology, and the facility decommissioning.
Class 13 Theory of disposal syste (G. Kamei) Students become able to understand the science of disposal system and the methodology of the safety assessment.
Class 14 Technology of geological environment survey (H. Umeda) Students become able to understand the natural phenomena and the latest research results to be considered in the safety assessment of geological disposal.
Class 15 Safety evaluation technology of geological disposal (M. MIhara) Students become able to understand the method of the safety assessment of geological disposal, consider the considerations, etc., to understand the case-studies of evaluation.


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Materials will be distributed at the time of lectures.

Assessment criteria and methods

【Academic assessment】 by term-end reports assinged by instructors

Related courses

  • NCL.C401 : Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering
  • NCL.C402 : Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal Engineering
  • NCL.C403 : Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • NCL.N407 : Nuclear Safety Engineering
  • NCL.F451 : Nuclear Engineering Science I

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

Nothing special

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