2018 Nuclear Reactor Physics and Radiation Measurement Special Laboratory

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Obara Toru  Academic Supervisor  Oguri Yoshiyuki  Katabuchi Tatsuya  Tsutsui Hiroaki  Hasegawa Jun  Nishiyama Jun 
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Thr5-6(原講571, North No.2, 5F-571)  
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Course description and aims

To assist the education of laboratory experiment related to basic nuclear engineering for graduate students. The experiment consists of nuclear reactor physics and radiation measurement. To assist the preparation, improvement and enforcement of the experimental education including lectures.

Student learning outcomes

Students have the ability of assisting the following experimental education for graduate students:
(1) Nuclear-reactor physics: Principle and methods in reactor physics experiments using nuclear reactor
(2) Radiation‐measurement: Operating principles of ionizing radiation detectors and gamma-ray spectrometry


Reactor physics, Criticality approach, criticality calculation, reactor kinetics, neutron flux measurement Radiation-matter interaction, Scintillation detector, Germanium semiconductor detector, Multichannel pulse-height analyzer, Energy spectrum

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

To assist the preparation, improvement and enforcement of the experimental education

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 1. Criticality approach experiment 2. Period method and compensation method 3. Rod drop method 4. Neutron flux distribution measurement 5. Nuclear reactor operation 6. Gamma-ray measurement using a scintillation detector 7. Gamma-ray measurement using a germanium semiconductor detector 1. Students must be able to explain about the fundamental theory in critical approach experiment and perform criticality calculation, be able to estimate criticality mass by the inverse multiplication in criticality approach experiment, and be able to judge of criticality of nuclear reactor. 2. Student must be able to calculate control rod worth from the result of experiments by period method and compensation method. 3. Student must be able to calculate control rod worth from the result of experiments by rod drop method. 4.Students must be able to calculate neutron flux distribution from the results of activated foils. 5.Student must be able to explain about the fundamentals of nuclear reactor operation 6. Students must be able to perform absolute measurement of radioactivity using scintillation gamma-ray detectors 7. Students must be able to perform identification of radionuclides by gamma-ray spectroscopy using germanium semiconductor detectors


Tsuyosi Misawa, Hironobu Unesaki, Cheolho Pyen, ”Nuclear Reactor Physics Experiments”, Kyoto University Press (2010).

Reference books, course materials, etc.

John R. Lamarsh, “Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory”, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (1965).

James J. Duderstadt, Louis J. Hamilton, “Nuclear Reactor Analysis”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1976).

George I. Bell, Samuel Glasstone, “Nuclear Reactor Theory”, Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., Inc. (1970).

Samuel Glasstone, Alexander Sesonske, "Nuclear Reactor Engineering", Chapman & Hall, Inc. (1994).

Weston M. Stacey, “Nuclear Reactor Physics”, WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA (2004).

Raymond L. Murray and Keith E. Holbert, "Nuclear Energy: An Introduction to The Concepts, Systems and Application of Nuclear Processes Seventh Edition", Elsevier Ltd. (2013).

E.E. Lewis, “Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics”, Academic Press (2008). (PDF file of the book can be downloaded from Tokyo Tech library.

Glenn F. Knoll, "Radiation Detection and Measurement", Wiley, ISBN-13:978-0470131480 (2010).

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation to experiments (50%) and reports (50%)

Related courses

  • NCL.N402: Neutron Transport Theory
  • NCL.N406: Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • NCL.N401: Basic Nuclear Physics

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

It is needed to have fundamental knowledge of neutron transport theory and nuclear reactor theory. For radiation measurement Laboratory, it is desirable that students have some initial background knowledge on atomic physics.

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