2018 Basic Nuclear Engineering 1

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Obara Toru 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to give basic knowledge about nuclear reactor engineering. First of all, there will be an introduction about nuclear reactions and fission reaction chain, which are needed to understand the principles of nuclear reactors. After that, some important issues in nuclear reactor engineering are explained, including design concepts of nuclear reactors in practical use, innovative nuclear energy systems and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of course, the students will be able to perform the followings, which are important as the study of basics of nuclear reactor engineering
1) Explain the principles of nuclear reactor based on nuclear fission chain reaction
2) Explain the concept of typical nuclear reactors
3) Explain the concept of innovative nuclear reactor system study
4) Explain the outline of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident


Nuclear Reactor Engineering, Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident

Competencies that will be developed

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

After the lecture for each topic, a short exercise will be given to students to deepen the understanding of the topic.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Nuclear Energy Explain the fundamental of nuclear reactions and nuclear energy
Class 2 Nuclear Fission Explain the feature of nuclear fission
Class 3 Nuclear Fission Reaction Chain Explain the concept of fission reaction chain and the measure to achieve it
Class 4 Critical of Nuclear Reactor Explain the concept of the critical of nuclear reactor and its control
Class 5 Core Burnup Explain the nuclear transmutation in nuclear reactor
Class 6 Nuclear Reactor Design Explain the design concept of typical nuclear reactor in practical use
Class 7 Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems Explain the concept of innovative nuclear energy system study
Class 8 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident Explain the outline of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident


No textbook.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

John R. Lamarsh, “Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory”, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (1965).
James J. Duderstadt, Louis J. Hamilton, “Nuclear Reactor Analysis”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1976).
George I. Bell, Samuel Glasstone, “Nuclear Reactor Theory”, Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., Inc. (1970).
Samuel Glasstone, Alexander Sesonske, "Nuclear Reactor Engineering", Chapman & Hall, Inc. (1994).
Weston M. Stacey, “Nuclear Reactor Physics”, WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA (2004).
Raymond L. Murray and Keith E. Holbert, "Nuclear Energy: An Introduction to The Concepts, Systems and Application of Nuclear Processes Seventh Edition", Elsevier Ltd. (2013).
E.E. Lewis, “Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics”, Academic Press (2008).

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are assessed the understanding of fundamentals of nuclear reactor engineering.
Exercises in class: 30%
Final examination: 70%

Related courses

  • TSE.A311 : Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  • TSE.A338 : Basic Nuclear Engineering 2
  • TSE.A339 : Basic Nuclear Engineering 3
  • TSE.A340 : Basic Nuclear Engineering 4

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

General knowledge about science and engineering

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

tobara[at]lane.iir.titech.ac.jp (Prof. Obara)

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Prior appointment by e-mail is required.

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