2020 Nuclear Engineering Science II

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Tsutsui Hiroaki  Akatsuka Hiroshi  Koyama Shinichi  Funasaka Hideyuki  Takeuchi Masayuki  Ooba Kyoko    Ohsawa Hideaki  Mihara Morihiro  Tsujimoto Kazufumi  Haga Yoshinori  Kaneko Koji  Kinsho Michikazu  Kato Chiaki 
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Course description and aims

We deliver lecture of nuclear fuel cycle engineering and nuclear science research, as an interdisciplinary area of physics, chemistry, geology and sociology in nuclear engineering, comprehensively to beginners in this field. Researchers at development front will deliver lectures from relating universities and JAEA.

Student learning outcomes

Students become able to understand and explain the basic matters of comprehensive theory about energy environment, nuclear fuel cycle, the deep geological science, and nuclear science research. 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.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Some researchers at the forefront of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency will give lectures.


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

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, 15 lectures are given at 10:40-12:10 in 3rd Q and 8:50-10:20 in 4th Q.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of nuclear reactor engineering and nuclear fuel cycle (H. Akatsuka) Students shall be able to explain nuclear reactor engineering, nuclear fuel cycle, fast breeder reactors and the radioactive wastes.
Class 2 Introduction of fast breeder reactor cycle (H. Funasaka) Students become able to understand fast breeder reactor fuel cycle, and aware the difference from the LWR and its characteristics.
Class 3 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 4 Chemistry and engineering of reprocessing process (M. Takeuchi) Students become able to understand the significance of reprocessing, 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 5 Current status and prospects of research and development of decommissioning at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (K. Oba) Students shall understand the outline of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F) accident, the transition from the accident to the present and the future, while referring to the differences between the decommissioned reactors of the general and accident reactors and the status of each unit on the 1F, etc. R & D required for the decommissioning work in Japan, what they already know and what they don't know will be explained.
Class 6 Theory of disposal system (G. Kamei) Students become able to understand the science of disposal system and the methodology of the safety assessment.
Class 7 Technology of geological environment survey (H. Ohsawa) Students become able to understand the natural phenomena and the latest research results to be considered in the safety assessment of geological disposal.
Class 8 Safety evaluation technology of geological disposal (M. Mihara) Students become able to understand the method of the safety assessment of geological disposal, etc., to understand the case-studies of evaluation.
Class 9 Basics of accelerators and J-PARC (Kinsho) Students shall understand accelerator engineering, its basic theory and state-of-the-art accelerator facilities a) Elementary solution of accelerator b) Outline of J-PARC.
Class 10 Separation and conversion technology using accelerator (Tsujimoto) Students shall be able to explain the current status of R & D on separation and conversion technology using accelerators aimed at reducing the volume of radioactive waste.
Class 11 HTGR research and development (Nishihara) Students shall be able to explain the current status of the development of a new type of reactor, the high temperature gas reactor, and the development of heat utilization technology.
Class 12 Research on nuclear safety improvement (Yoshida) Students shall understand the current status of research and development on improving safety of light water reactors.
Class 13 Basic research on nuclear power (Kato) Students shall understand and explain the current status of nuclear basic research that supports the use of nuclear power.
Class 14 Advanced Nuclear Science Research (Haga) Students shall be able to understand and explain a) the current status of actinoid science and b) the current status of advanced materials science as the current status of nuclear science research.
Class 15 Neutron and synchrotron radiation research (Kaneko) Students shall understand and explain the current status of research on the use of neutron beams and synchrotron radiation beams.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Nothing special

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be distributed at the time of lectures.

Assessment criteria and methods

【Academic assessment】 by term-end reports assigned 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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