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Nuclear Reactor Physics

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Code Completion Credits Range
17FAR Z,ZK 5 2+2
Garant předmětu:
Department of Nuclear Reactors

Subject deals with nuclear reactor physics in lower advanced level - is consequential to introductory course read in bachelor degree course (17ZAF). Lectures on theoretical basic of neutron transport, advanced diffusion, critical equation are given to students. Also practical issues of reactor physics are mentioned.



Syllabus of lectures:

Multiplication factor in homogenous and heterogeneous

Scope: 2 lectures

Detailed derivation of four factor formula and six factor formula, differences between homogenous and heterogeneous systems, moderator to fuel ratio, factor?s derivation for heterogeneous system, practical use.

2. Neutron slowing down

Scope: 2 lectures

Detailed derivation and description of slowing down models, resonance theory, lethargy, parameters and factors calculations

3. Critical equation

Scope: 1 lecture

Derivation and solution of critical equation, solution of critical states and critical masses for variation geometries and boundary conditions

4. Neutron transport equation

Scope: 4 lectures

Classical heuristic derivation of neutron transport equation, statistical kinetics equation derivation, integro-differential, integral, and other forms, solution and applicability of neutron transport equation

5. Slowing down kernels

Scope: 2 lectures

Derivation of neutron diffusion equation in general form, application of slowing down kernels into diffusion and transport equation, solution of diffusion equation with kernels, application to subcritical systems with external neutron source

6. Perturbation theory and adjoined equations

Scope: 1 lecture

Perturbation theory and its application in nuclear reactor physics, derivation and solution of adjoined equation, adjoined diffusion equation, determination of reactivity coefficients

7. Practical approach to nuclear reactor physics

Scope: 2 lectures

Lectures given by reactor physics experts working in industry - ŠKODA JS, a.s., ÚJV Řež, a.s., ČEZ, a.s. (EDU, ETE)

Syllabus of tutorials:

Multiplication factor on moderator to fuel dependency, slowing down factors determination, critical states solution, transport equation forms derivation, slowing down kernels application to general diffusion theory, subcritical system with external neutron source solution, adjoined diffusion equation solution

Credit thesis - derivation, application, calculation, and computer visualization of given reactor physics problem

Study Objective:

Knowledge of relations in nuclear reactor physics

Skills and ability to calculate simple reactor physics problems, derivate basic equation and know their applicability

Study materials:

Key references:

Stacey, W. M.: Nuclear Reactor Physics, WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, 2007

Reuss, P.: Neutron Physics, EdP Sciences, 2009

Recommended references:

Galanin, A.D.: Teorie tepelných jaderných reaktorů, SNTL, 1959

Ganapol P.: Analytical Benchmarking in Neutron Transport Theory, Univ. of Arizona, 2009

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