2016 Nuclear Chemical Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Kato Yukitaka  Takeshita Kenji  Tsukahara Takehiko  Takao Koichiro 
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Course description and aims

Uranium enrichment process in the upstream and reprocessing and waste treatment process in the downstream are explained. It is lectured how basic theory of chemical engineering, such as movement and operation theories, are applicable for the process analysis. Nuclear specified management techniques for radiation and nuclear material are also mentioned.

Student learning outcomes

Understanding of movement and operation theories based on chemical engineering for uranium enrichment process and the reprocessing and waste treatment process.


Uranium enrichment, fuel reprocessing, process design, radiation control, nuclear material management, safety

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lecture of 80 minutes and the quiz on the lecture

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Nuclear fuel cycle Structure and material balance of nuclear fuel cycle
Class 2 Isotope separation technology Heavy water enrichment (chemical exchange method) and uranium enrichment (gas diffusion method, centrifugal separation method)
Class 3 Cascade theory Recycling cascade of combined separation units
Class 4 Uranium enrichment process design Uranium enrichment process design based on the ideal cascade theory
Class 5 Spent fuel reprocessing Spent fuel reprocessing by PUREX methodology
Class 6 A multi-stage solvent extraction process design Extraction cascade which is a combination of a number of countercurrent type extractor
Class 7 Radiation control and nuclear material management of the nuclear process Radiation control and nuclear material management in the reprocessing plant
Class 8 Final disposal of radioactive waste Treatment and disposal technology of high-level nuclear waste


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Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation by small tests

Related courses

  • NCL.C403 : Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • CAP.E361 : Radiation Chemistry

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

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