Nuclear Reactor Theory
- Fission characteristics; neutron chain reactions, neutron transport and diffusion theory; reactor kinetics; multigroup methods, fast and thermal spectrum calculations, inhomogeneous reactor design, effects of poisons and fuel depletion. Offered odd-numbered years.
Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Materials:
- J. J. Duderstadt & L. J. Hamilton, "Nuclear Reactor Analysis," Wiley (1976)
- About 20% of homework assignments use UNIX workstations or personal computers and FORTRAN or C computer languages. Typically an elementary finite-difference solution of a diffusion equation, and a solution of an ODE system or radioactive decay schemes and/or a point reactor kinetics problem. Students will use several modern reactor analysis computer programs (GTRAN2, CPM-2, MCNP).
- Four hours of lecture per week