NRE 6201: Reactor Physics

 

Credit Hours:3-0-3
Prerequisites:NE 6101 or equivalent, or with the consent of the instructor
Catalog Description:Fundamentals of reactor physics for nuclear analysis of neutron chain reactors and for developing tools required for design of these reactors.
Textbooks:Nuclear Reactor Theory, Bell and Glasstone;l Van Nostrand, latest edition.
Elmer E. Lewis and Warren F. Miller, Jr., Computational Methods of Neutron Transport, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1984
Instructors:Bojan Petrovic
Prerequisites by Topic:Undergraduate reactor physics courses are recommended.
Topics:
  • One-Speed Diffusion Theory
  • Multigroup Diffusion Equation
  • Multigroup Cross Section Generation and Neutron Slowing Down Theory
  • Resonance Absorption
  • Neutron Thermalization Theory
  • Reactor Dynamics
    • point kinetics equations
    • solutions
    • determination of kinetics parameters
    • feedback
    • xenon oscillations
    • spatial effects
  • Fuel Depletion
    • isotopic depletion and production
    • solution of the rate equations
    • reactivity control
  • Homogenization Theory
  • Numerical Solutions
  • Perturbation and Variational Methods