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- and gamma-rays from radioisotopes and radiation-matter interactions.
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, gamma-ray, semiconductor detector, scintillation counter, stopping power, range, energy spectrum, Poisson distribution
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 1||Pre-laboratory lecture on thermal-hydraulic experiment||Report on lecture contents|
|Class 2||Pre-laboratory lecture on radiation measurement||Explain the outline of the 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 (1)||Explain the energy deposition mechanism to electrons in the target by direct ionization effect.|
|Class 7||Alpha-ray measurement (2) Gamma-ray measurement (1)||Explain fluctuations of the range in the target and statistical variation of the counting rate.|
|Class 8||Gamma-ray measurement (2)||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.
 R.B. Firestone and V.S. Shirley, "Table of isotopes (8th edition)", John Wiley, New York, ISBN-13: 978-0-4711-4917-0 (1996).
 Glenn F. Knoll, "Radiation Detection and Measurement (4th edition)", Wiley, ISBN-13: 978-0-4701-3148-0(2010).
Quizzes at the end of the prelaboratory lectures (20%) and lab reports (80%)
No prerequisites are necessary.
Minoru Takahashi:mtakahas[at]lane.iir.titech.ac.jp, 2957
Yoshiyuki Oguri: yoguri[at]nr.titech.ac.jp, 3071
Tatsuya Katabuchi: buchi[at]nr.titech.ac.jp, 3378
Contact by e-mail in advance.