2022 Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Tsukahara Takehiko  Takao Koichiro  Harada Takuya  Takasu Hiroki 
Class Format
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Mon3-4(M113)  Thr3-4(M113)  
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Course description and aims

Science and technologies in nuclear fuel cycle, consisting of uranium mining and refining, uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication, spent fuel reprocessing, partitioning and transmutation of actinides and lanthanides, and waste management, will be lectured.

Student learning outcomes

The goals of this course are as follows.
1. Students can understand the basic concepts of nuclear fuel cycles consisting of uranium mining/refining/enrichment, fuel fabrication, and waste management.
2. Students can understand the basic characteristics of radioisotopes and nuclear fuel, and explain their properties.
3. Students can get the scientific knowledge of the use of nuclear materials.


Nuclear fuel cycle, partitioning and transmutation, actinide and lanthanide chemistry, waste management

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In order to improve your learning, the practice will be done.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Concept of nuclear fuel cycle Studies on basic concept of nuclear fuel cycle
Class 2 Mining, refining, and purification of uranium Studies on mining, refining, and purification methods of uranium
Class 3 Nuclides containing spent nuclear fuels and their properties Studies on properties of nuclides containing spent nuclear fuels
Class 4 Lanthanide Actinide Chemistry Studies on electronic structures and coordination chemistry of Lanthanides and actinides
Class 5 Solvent extraction method of uranium Studies on solvent extraction methods of uranium
Class 6 Purex reprocessing method of spent nuclear fuels Studies on Purex methods for the separation of uranium and plutonium
Class 7 Pyro-reprocessing method of spent nuclear fuels Studies on Pyro-reprocessing methods of spent nuclear fuels by using molten salt
Class 8 Concept of uranium enrichment Studies on concept of uranium enrichment
Class 9 Uranium enrichment methods Studies on uranium enrichment methods, in particular, gaseous diffusion, centrifuge, and laser methods
Class 10 Significance of introducing of nuclear fuel cycle Studies on economic and scientific rationalities of nuclear fuel cycle based on balance calculations
Class 11 High-level radioactive waste treatment methods Studies on advanced reprocessing methods
Class 12 Partitioning, Analysis, and transmutation Studies on partitioning and transmutation technologies
Class 13 Disposal methods of radioactive wastes Studies on deep geological disposal methods
Class 14 Vitrified glass fabrication Studies on vitrified glass fabrication technique

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.


do not use

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Distribute handouts properly

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise and report

Related courses

  • CAP.E361 : Radiation Chemistry
  • NCL.C402 : Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal Engineering
  • CAP.E362 : Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • NCL.D405 : Experiments for Nuclear Fuel Debris and Back‐end Fuel Cycle A
  • NCL.D406 : Experiments for Nuclear Fuel Debris and Back‐end Fuel Cycle B
  • NCL.C604 : Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Sepcial Laboratory

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

You had better to understand the knowledge of basic chemistry.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

ptsuka[at]lane.iir.titech.ac.jp / 3067

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