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151-0166-00L  Special Topics in Reactor Physics

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersS. Pelloni, K. Mikityuk, A. Pautz
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractReactor physics calculations for assessing the performance and safety of nuclear power plants are, in practice, carried out using large computer codes simulating different key phenomena. This course provides a basis for understanding state-of-the-art calculational methodologies in the above context.
ObjectiveStudents are introduced to advanced methods of reactor physics analysis for nuclear power plants.
ContentCross-sections preparation. Slowing down theory. Differential form of the neutron transport equation and method of discrete ordinates (Sn). Integral form of the neutron transport equation and method of characteristics. Method of Monte-Carlo. Modeling of fuel depletion. Lattice calculations and cross-section parametrization. Modeling of full core neutronics using nodal methods. Modeling of feedbacks from fuel behavior and thermal hydraulics. Point and spatial reactor kinetics. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.
Lecture notesHand-outs will be provided on the website.
LiteratureChapters from various text books on Reactor Theory, etc.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersA. Pautz, K. Mikityuk, S. Pelloni
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Additional information on mode of examinationoral examination of 30 minutes

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151-0166-00 GSpecial Topics in Reactor Physics
**together with EPFL**
3 hrs
Wed10-13ML H 41.1 »
S. Pelloni, K. Mikityuk, A. Pautz


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Mechanical Engineering MasterEnergy, Flows and ProcessesWInformation
Nuclear Engineering Master2. SemesterWInformation
Physics MasterGeneral ElectivesWInformation