Nuclear materials and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Lecturer : Dr G Nothnagel : NECSA

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  1. 1. Course Outline
  2. 2. Lectures
  3. 3. Tutorials
  4. 4. Projects
  5. 5. Restricted Material

1.  Course Outline

  • Textbook Physics and Technology of Nuclear Materials, Ioan Ursu, Pergamon Press
1Basics Of Nuclear Reactors.........5
1.1Introduction.........5
1.2Fission Reactors.........7
1.3Fuel Burn-Up.........9
1.4Cross-Sections For Neutron Interaction With Nuclei.........10
1.5Material Considerations For Reactors.........11
2Structure And Properties Of Materials.........12
2.1Introduction.........12
2.2Microscopic Structure Of Materials.........12
2.3Geometry Of Perfect Crystals.........13
2.4The Origin And Structure Of Crystal Bonding.........17
2.5Lattice Defects.........24
2.6Irradiation Effects In Materials.........30
2.7Crystallographic Notation.........33
2.8Macroscopic Properties Of Materials.........35
3Fuel Materials And The Fuel Cycle.........41
3.1Introduction.........41
3.2Uranium.........42
3.2Plutonium.........58
3.2Thorium.........60
4Structural Materials.........62
4.1General.........62
4.2Aluminium.........62
4.3Zirconium.........63
4.4Stainless Steels.........66
5Moderator And Control Materials.........69
5.1General.........69
5.2Nuclear Graphite.........71
5.3Natural (Light) Water.........73
5.4Heavy Water.........76
5.5Reactor Control And Shut-Down Systems.........76
6Generation IV Reactors.........80
6.1Introduction.........80
6.2Reactor Types.........81
6.3Advantages And Disadvantages.........82
6.4Material Challenges.........83
7Nuclear Fuel Elements.........84
7.1Introduction.........84
7.1Design Of Fuel Elements.........84
8Shielding Materials.........90
8.1.General.........90
9Radioactive Wastes.........94
9.1General.........94
9.2Radioactive Wastes.........94
10Nuclear Material Recovery From Irradiated Fuel And Recycling.........97
10.1General.........97
11Quality Control And Testing Of Nuclear Materials.........99
11.1Introduction .........99
11.2Non-Destructive Control Methods.........99
11.3Destructive Qc Methods.........104
AppendixSome Additional Notes.........108
1.The Law Of Diffusion (Fick’s Law).........108
2.The Physics Of Fission Gas Bubbles In Fuel.........110

2.  Lectures

Dr G Nothnagel's notes MSONE students 2010 (see restricted area)

3.  Tutorials

  • Tutorial 1
  • Tutorial 2
  • Tutorial 3

4.  Projects

  • Project 1

5.  Restricted Material