Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Reactor Materials

Course Description

Resources and mining of uranium and thorium. Uranium conversion and enrichment. Design and production of fuel assemblies. Reactor calculations. In-core fuel management. Reprocessing and recycling of spent fuel. Management of low level and high level radioactive waste. Decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Structure and properties of reactor materials. Nuclear fuel. Structural materials. Moderators and coolants of nuclear reactors. Materials for shields and reactor control.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify production methods of uranium and thorium.
  2. Identify methods of uranium enrichment and conversion.
  3. Interpret design and production of fuel assemblies.
  4. Identify methods of reactor calculation.
  5. Analyze reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel.
  6. Compare methods for management of low level and high level radioactive waste.
  7. Evaluate nuclear fuel cycle costs.
  8. Analyze reactor materials structure and properties.

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Exercises

Independent assignments

Laboratory

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Uranium resources and mining, Thorium resources and mining
  2. Uranium conversion methods (yellow cake, uranium hexaflouride), Uranium enrichment methods and separation work, Design and production of nuclear fuel assemblies
  3. Open fuel cycle, In-core fuel management
  4. Reactor core loading pattern analysis; FUMACS code package
  5. Technologies for improvement of nuclear fuel utilization, Sustainability of nuclear fuel resources, Economics of nuclear fuel cycle
  6. High level radioactive waste management, Intermediate and low level radioactive waste management
  7. Transportation of radioactive waste, Decommissioning of nuclear power plant, Croatian legislation on radioactive waste management
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Structure and properties, Nuclear reactor fuel
  10. Construction materials - zirconium and zirconium alloys deformations, Construction materials – steel deformations, Construction materials – concrete
  11. Neutron moderators
  12. Reactor coolants, Control materials
  13. Shielding materials, Radiation damage fundamentals
  14. Activation of nuclear reactor materials and residual heat
  15. Final exam

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Literature

(.), R. G. Cochran, N. Tsoulfanidis. The nuclear fuel cycle: analysis and management, ANS, 1999,
(.), S. Glasstone. Atomska energija,
(.), S. Glasstone, A. Sesonske. Nuclear Reactor Engineering, 4th edition, Chapman & Hall, 1994.,
(.), I. Ursu. Physics and Technology of Nuclear Materials, Pergamon Press, 1985.,

For students

General

ID 222526
  Winter semester
5 ECTS
L3 English Level
L2 e-Learning
30 Lectures
15 Exercises
13 Laboratory exercises