2023 Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Tsukahara Takehiko  Takao Koichiro  Harada Takuya  Takasu Hiroki 
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Mon3-4(M-278(H121))  Thr3-4(M-278(H121))  
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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 Concept of uranium enrichment Studies on concept of uranium enrichment
Class 3 Uranium enrichment methods Studies on uranium enrichment methods, in particular, gaseous diffusion, centrifuge, and laser methods
Class 4 Chemistry of f-elements 1 Studies on electronic structures and coordination chemistry of Lanthanides and actinides-1
Class 5 Chemistry of f-elements 2 Studies on electronic structures and coordination chemistry of Lanthanides and actinides-2
Class 6 Principles & Application of Solvent Extraction Studies on solvent extraction methods of uranium
Class 7 Concept of Spent Fuel Reprocessing Studies on basic methods for the separation of uranium and plutonium
Class 8 PUREX Reprocessing & HLW Vitrification Studies on PUREX method and vitrified glass fabrication technique
Class 9 Significance of introducing of nuclear fuel cycle Studies on economic and scientific rationalities of nuclear fuel cycle based on balance calculations
Class 10 Mining, refining, and purification of uranium Studies on mining, refining, and purification methods of uranium
Class 11 Nuclides containing spent nuclear fuels and their properties Studies on properties of nuclides containing spent nuclear fuels
Class 12 Advanced High-level radioactive waste treatment methods-1 Studies on advanced reprocessing methods-1
Class 13 Advanced High-level radioactive waste treatment methods-2 Studies on advanced reprocessing methods-2
Class 14 Partitioning, Analysis, and transmutation Studies on partitioning and transmutation technologies

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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