Eng Phys 4NE3/6NE3

Advanced Materials & Next-Generation Devices

Term II – 2015/2016 –

Instructor: Dr. J.C. Luxat

Prerequisite: ENG PHYS 3D03


Course Outline:
The course provides an advanced overview of multi-disciplinary areas in nuclear engineering. A review of the main past, present and future reactor types is presented with a critical focus on the following topics:

Fission energy generation, distribution and conversion, Single phase and two-phase heat transfer and transport in a nuclear reactor, Thermal margins and safety limits, Power system thermodynamic cycles including the Rankine and Brayton cycle. Characteristics and performance of nuclear fuels and fuel cycles, and nuclear reactor structural materials, including aging and degradation mechanisms, Structural integrity of components, with an introduction to leak-before-break (LBB) concepts.

To foster an understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of modern nuclear engineering and to develop skills for analysing nuclear power reactor designs. Goals:

To understand the design features of major nuclear reactor types. To understand the main physical processes underlying nuclear reactors. To be able to formulate and solve the basic equations describing the physical processes occurring in a nuclear reactor. To utilize the concepts and mathematical models to evaluate aspects of the conceptual design of a nuclear reactor.

Course Text:
Kenneth Kok (Editor), Nuclear Engineering Handbook, CRC Press, 2009

Detailed notes will be provided and students are encouraged to use reference textbooks and other journal reference material identified in the course notes. Some relevant reference textbooks are:

Lamarsh and Baratta, Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, Prentice Hall, 2001
Glasstone and Sesonke, Nuclear Reactor Engineering, 4th Edition, Chapman & Hall, 1994
El Wakil, Nuclear Energy Conversion, American Nuclear Society, 1982
Tong and Weisman, Thermal Analysis of Pressurized Water Reactors, American Nuclear Society,1979
Lahey & Moody, The Thermal-Hydraulics of a Boiling Water Nuclear Reactor, American Nuclear Society, 1977
Todreas and Kazimi, Nuclear Systems, Vol. 1, Hemisphere Publishing, 1990

Problem Assignments:
(a) Problem assignments will be posted at dates announced in class.
(b) Assignments are due by the date specified on the assignment.
(c) Solutions to problem sets will be made available after the assignment is due. No late assignments will be accepted once the solutions are posted.
(d) Graduate students enrolled in 6NE3 will be required to undertake additional assignment work of increased complexity including preparation of a research paper in one or more of the areas covered in the course.

Final Exam:
There will be a three-hour final examination that will be based on the entire course, including material covered in lectures and assignments. The exam will be open book with no restriction on use of calculators.

Marking Scheme:

Assignments  60%
Final Exam  40%

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term.  The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances.  If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes.  It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.