2019 Basic Nuclear Engineering 3

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Ohnuki Toshihiko 
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Course description and aims

This lecture focuses on nuclear waste management, especially for geological disposal for high level radioactive waste generated in nuclear fuel cycle. The lecture covers geochemical aspects of the disposal. The lecture introduces how rock system can and will retain radioactive waste materials for long time.

Student learning outcomes

To understand over all of radioactive waste disposal.
To understand the system of geological disposal.
To understand multi-barrier system to prevent migration of radionuclides in geosphere.
To understand natural analogue of disposal


Waste disposal, high level waste, nuclear fuel cycle, waste form, natural analogue.

Competencies that will be developed

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

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  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and radioactive waste management Why salt rock system is selected for disposal?
Class 2 Types of radioactive waste and multibarrier system What is multibarrier system?
Class 3 Low level radioactive waste and their siting How LLW handle and treat?
Class 4 Waste forms What is advantage of glass waste?
Class 5 Engineered backfill and canister What property of bentonite is expected as backfill materials?
Class 6 Natural analogue What is natural analogue?
Class 7 Uranium mill tailing Which radionuclides in U-series can migrate in environemnts?
Class 8 Present status of Japan Why Japan choose geological disposal?


Geochemical aspects of Radioactive Waste Disposal, D. G. Brookins, Springer

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Web site of NUMO https://www.numo.or.jp/en/

Assessment criteria and methods

Report (50%) and Final exam. (50%)

Related courses

  • TSE.A337 : Basic Nuclear Engineering 1
  • TSE.A338 : Basic Nuclear Engineering 2

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

It is better to study Basic Nuclear Engineering 1 and Basic Nuclear Engineering 2.

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

toshi.ohnuki[at]lane.iir.titech.ne.jp, 2962

Office hours

Tue 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the office N1-407 (Prior appointment by e-mail is desirable.)

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