NRE 6434: Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineering


Credit Hours:2-3-3
Prerequisites:NRE 4204 or equivalent, or with the consent of the instructor
Catalog Description:Concepts, computational techniques and theprincipal methods of criticality safety such as accident experience, standards, experiments, computer and hand calculations, limits, and regulations. Application to overall facility operation.
Textbooks:Ronald A. Knief, Nuclear Criticality Safety: Theory and Practices, First Edition, American Nuclear Society, 1985
Instructors:Farzad Rahnema
References:Computational Methods of Neutron Transport, Lewis and Miller, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1984
Goals:This course is to provide a comprehensive description of the nuclear criticality safety discipline.
Prerequisites by Topic:Reactor Physics
  • Fundamentals
    • Principles of Safety and Review of Reactor Theory
  • Criticality Accidents
  • Experiments
    • Methods
    • Accident Simulations
    • Critical data
  • Computational Methods
    • S-N
    • Monte Carlo
    • Cross Sections
    • Validations
  • Subcritical Limits
  • Double Contingency
  • Hand Calculations
    • Buckling/Shape Conversion
    • Surface Density
    • Solid Angle Method
  • Standards, Regulations, Related Impacts and Practices
  • Fuel Facility Applications
Computer Usage:Deterministic (e.g., TWODANT) and Monte Carlo (e.g. MCNP, KENO) Codes
Projects:Critical experiment simulation and Criticality (storage) configuration simulation & design