The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering

Weeks 3 and 4, Reactor Engineering

IMG_0329The second two week module, Nuclear Reactor Engineering, will also be taught under the assumption that the students have no special background knowledge of reactors. Therefore, the students will be exposed to the basic physical and engineering concepts of nuclear reactor design and operation with only the appropriate university-level mathematics background assumed.

The morning session, Theoretical Aspects of Reactor Engineering, will incorporate two one hour and fifteen minute lectures separated by a fifteen minute break, with a short exam at the conclusion of Week 1 and a longer exam at the end of the module. The afternoon Reactor Laboratory will feature eight hands-on experiments using the UT TRIGA Mark II reactor. Here are the topics to be covered each day.

 

Nuclear Engineering Summer Course Schedule (2 Weeks)

 

Morning: 9 – 11:30 AM

Afternoon: 1 – 4:30 PM

Week 1

1st Lecture

2nd Lecture

Laboratory

Monday

Introduction – Fundamental Particles

Interactions and Radioactive Decay

 

Reactor Tour with Startup

Tuesday

Cross Sections; Fission

Physics of Multiplying Systems

 

Half-Life Measurement

Wednesday

Fuel Depletion

Critical Reactors; Six-factor Formula

Neutron Activation Analysis

Thursday

Reactivity, Reactor Control, Time Dependence

Light Water Reactors

Subcritical Multiplication

Friday

Exam

Next Generation Reactor Designs

Prompt Jump and Prompt Drop

Week 2

Monday

Thermodynamic Principles

Thermodynamic Cycles and Turbomachinery

Xenon Buildup

Tuesday

Single Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Principles

Two Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Analyses

Fuel Temperature Coefficient of Reactivity

Wednesday

Heat Exchangers

Heat Generation and Reactor Coolant Systems

Power Calibration

Thursday

Economics and Design Principles

Nuclear Regulation and Licensing

Reactor Pulse

Friday

Exam

Exam

Final Summary

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