2019 Nuclear Disaster Response Exercise

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Instructor(s)
Kikura Hiroshige  Han Chi Young  Takahashi Hideharu  Ebata Shuichiro   
Course component(s)
Lecture / Exercise
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Intensive (学外)  
Group
-
Course number
NCL.O509
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2019/12/2
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course gives an intense immersive experience, in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC), which includes understanding and analyzing nuclear severe accident (SA) phenomena to threaten the integrity of reactor containment vessel in both viewpoints of nuclear safety and security. The class lectures at Tokyo Tech cover analysis of severe accidents using a simple method, an overview of the severe accident analysis code, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) accident progression, and its evaluation results. The exercise at JAPC incudes operation of boiling water reactor (BWR) major equipment, BWR reactor operation, simulation and analysis of accidents (design basis accidents, severe accidents, the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident, and similar accidents), and facility visit at Tsuruga Power Station.
This course aims to help students understand nuclear severe accidents through simulation and analysis of accidents, to provide them with experience the importance of interface (common and antagonistic) design between nuclear safety and security through nuclear power plant visit, and consequently to have them build the quick response capability to respond adequately to nuclear disasters beyond design basis accidents.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this course, students will learn;
1) Comprehensive and systematic thinking and responding capability to nuclear disasters beyond design basis accidents
2) Technological capability necessary for quick nuclear disaster response
3) Importance of interface design between nuclear safety and security

Keywords

Nuclear Severe Accidents、Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident、Nuclear Disaster Response、Accident Management

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Prior to conducting each exercise, relevant lectures are given and after the exercise, students will discuss.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 (Feb 27 (Thu)) Lecture: Overview of BWR Plants Learn about BWR major system
Class 2 (Feb 27 (Thu)) Lecture: Macro Analysis of Fukushima Daiichi NPP Unit 3 Understand the accident progression and macro analysis
Class 3 (Feb 27 (Thu)) Lecture: Micro Analysis of Fukushima Daiichi NPP Unit 3 Understand the accident progression and micro analysis
Class 4 (Feb 27 (Thu)) Lecture: SA (Severe Accident) Analysis by MAAP Learn about MAPP code and SA, and understand SA analysis
Class 5 (Mar 2 (Mon) A.M. at JAPC) Lecture: Overview of BWR Major Equipment Learn about BWR major equipment
Class 6 (Mar 2 (Mon) P.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Operation of BWR Major Equipment Learn how to operate BWR major equipment
Class 7 (Mar 3 (Tue) A.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Operation of BWR Learn to operate BWR reactor
Class 8 (Mar 3 (Tue) P.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Simulation of Design Basis Accidents Simulate design basis accidents
Class 9 (Mar 4 (Wed) A.M. at JAPC) Lecture: Overview of SAs (Severe Accidents) and AM (Accident Management) Learn about SA and AM, and understand the differences between design basis accident and severe accident behavior
Class 10 (Mar 4 (Wed) P.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Simulation of SAs and AM Simulate SAs and AM, and understand the differences between design basis accident and severe accident behavior
Class 11 (Mar 5 (Thu) A.M. at JAPC) Lecture: Overview of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP Accident and Similar Accidents Learn about similar accidents
Class 12 (Mar 5 (Thu) P.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Simulation of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP Accident and Similar Accidents Simulate the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident and similar accidents
Class 13 (Mar 6 (Fri) A.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Facility Visit at Mihama Nuclear Emergency Assistance Center Understand the importance of interface design between nuclear safety and security
Class 14 (Mar 6 (Fri) P.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Facility Visit at Tsuruga Power Station Unit 1 Compare PWR and BWR, and also understand the importance of interface design between nuclear safety and security
Class 15 (Mar 6 (Fri) P.M. at JAPC) Exercise: Facility Visit at Tsuruga Power Station Unit 2 Compare PWR and BWR, and also understand the importance of interface design between nuclear safety and security

Textbook(s)

Not specified

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course Materials:
Handouts will be distributed before or at the beginning of class when necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Attendance, Grading Report, and Activities in Class

Related courses

  • NCL.N407 : Nuclear Safety Engineering

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

Knowledge of BWR System.
There is a limit on the number of students who can take this course.

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