NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Fundamentals of Nuclear Science

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
    B. Course Number: ENGT 223 - 10743
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Yarger, Fred
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: fyarger@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Saturday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    (770) 973-3369 (H) Between 8AM to 8PM (Mountain Time); Anytime in an emergency.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    3 Credit Hours This course introduces students to fundamentals of nuclear science and nuclear physics and reactor theory. This course covers atomic physics, nuclear reactions, and detection of radiation.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course will meet the requirements of the Energy Technology Degree at New Mexico Junior College; however, it is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK Classical Physics DOE-HDBK-1010-92[provided by the instructor in the Course Materials]
    DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK Nuclear Physics & Reactor Theory DOE-HDBK-1019/1-93 (Volumes 1&2)
    [provided by the instructor in the Course Materials]

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    Suggested:

    Harbrace Essentials with Resources Writing in Disciplines 2nd Edition by Cheryl Glenn & Loretta Gray (ISBN-10: 1285451813). This resource has been adopted by New Mexico Junior College as the common reference book for students to use for writing assignments in their courses. This book is available at the NMJC bookstore.

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  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    This course is graded on a point system with the final grade based on a percentage of the total points of all exams/quizzes and written assignments.

    Grading is based on a weighted system as outlined below:

    9 Quizzes (820 points) [Weighted together as one grade] (20% of total grade)
    6 Group Discussions (125 points) [Combined as one grade] (10% of total grade)
    2 Written Papers (Written Discussion & Fukushima Paper) (100 points each)[Weighted together as one grade] (25% of total grade)
    1 Written Report (100 points) (20% of total grade)
    1 Final Exam (100 points) (25% of total grade)
    Total: 1345 points


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  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    1. Accurately solve problems using foundational mathematics, physical sciences, and energy technology concepts.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of environmental safety in regards to energy industry processes and procedures.
    3. Conduct, analyze, and/or interpret real world scenarios and case studies or laboratory experiments.
    4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills using specific energy technology terminology.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of energy systems and operations.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of classical and nuclear physics, energy use, nuclear power, and nuclear fuel cycles. (DSLO 5)
    2. Analyze the cause of different nuclear reactions. (DSLO 3)

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  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    COURSE TOPICS:

    WEEK 1

    Course Information Module
    Module 0: Getting Started
    Syllabus Quiz

    MODULE 1: Unit Systems & Vectors, DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK CLASSICAL PHYSICS, Modules 1 & 2


    MODULE 1 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    1.0 Given appropriate conversion tables, CONVERT between English and SI system units of measurement.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    DEFINE the three fundamental dimensions: length, mass, and time.

    LIST standard units of the fundamental dimensions for each of the following systems:

    a. International System of Units (SI)
    b. English System

    1.3 DIFFERENTIATE between fundamental and derived measurements.

    1.4 Given appropriate conversion tables, CONVERT between English and SI units of length.

    1.5 Given appropriate conversion tables, CONVERT between English and SI units of mass.

    1.6 CONVERT time measurements between the following:

    a. Years
    b. Weeks
    c. Days
    d. Hours
    e. Minutes
    f. Seconds

    FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS

    Fundamental Dimensions
    Units
    Unit Systems
    Derived Measurements
    Summary

    UNIT CONVERSIONS

    Conversion Factors
    Unit Conversion
    Steps for Unit Conversion
    Summary

    MODULE 2 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    Using vectors, DETERMINE the net force acting on an object.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    1.1 DEFINE the following as they relate to vectors:

    a. Scalar quantity
    b. Vector quantity
    c. Vector component
    d. Resultant

    1.2 DETERMINE components of a vector from a resultant vector.

    1.3 ADD vectors using the following methods:

    a. Graphical
    b. Component addition
    c. Analytical

    SCALAR AND VECTOR QUANTITIES

    Scalar Quantities
    Vector Quantities
    Description of a Simple Vector
    Examples of Vector Quantities
    Summary

    VECTOR IDENTIFICATION

    In Written Materials
    Graphic Representation
    Graphic Representation of Vectors
    Summary

    VECTORS: RESULTANTS AND COMPONENTS

    Resultant
    Vector Components
    Summary

    GRAPHIC METHOD OF VECTOR ADDITION

    Vector Addition
    Methods Used to Add Vectors
    Using the Graphic Method
    Summary

    COMPONENT ADDITION METHOD

    An Explanation of Components
    Using the Component Addition Method
    Summary

    ANALYTICAL METHOD OF VECTOR ADDITION

    Review of Mathematical Functions
    Using the Analytical Method
    Summary

    Group Discussion 1-1
    Module 1 Quiz 1: Units (Dimensions & Conversions)
    Group Discussion 1-2
    Module 1 Quiz 2: Scalar & Vector Quantities


    WEEK 2

    MODULE 2: Force and Motion & Application of Newton’s Laws DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK CLASSICAL PHYSICS, Modules 3 & 4


    MODULE 3 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    1.0 APPLY Newton's laws of motion to a body.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    1.1 STATE Newton's first law of motion.

    1.2 STATE Newton's second law of motion.

    1.3 STATE Newton's third law of motion.

    1.4 STATE Newton's law of universal gravitation.

    1.5 DEFINE momentum.

    1.6 EXPLAIN the conservation of momentum.

    1.7 Using the conservation of momentum, CALCULATE the velocity for an object
    (or objects) following a collision of two objects.

    NEWTON'S LAWS OF MOTION
    Summary

    MOMENTUM PRINCIPLES
    Momentum
    Force and Momentum
    Conservation of Momentum
    Summary

    MODULE 4 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    From memory, APPLY the principles of force to stationary or moving bodies.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES

    1.1 DEFINE the following:

    a. Force
    b. Weight

    1.2 STATE the purpose of a free-body diagram.

    1.3 Given all necessary information, CONSTRUCT a free-body diagram.

    1.4 STATE the conditions necessary for a body to be in force equilibrium.

    1.5 DEFINE the following:

    a. Net force
    b. Equilibrant

    1.6 DEFINE the following:

    a. Tensile force
    b. Compressive force
    c. Frictional force

    1.7 EXPLAIN the difference between a static-friction force and a kinetic-friction force.

    1.8 STATE two factors that affect the magnitude of the friction force.
    1.9 EXPLAIN the difference between centripetal force and centrifugal force.

    FORCE AND WEIGHT
    Introduction
    Force
    Weight
    Summary

    FREE-BODY DIAGRAMS
    Constructing a Free-Body Diagram
    Summary

    FORCE EQUILIBRIUM
    Net Force
    Equilibrium
    Summary

    TYPES OF FORCE
    Tensile and Compressive Forces
    Friction
    Centripetal Force
    Centrifugal Force
    Summary

    Group Discussion 2-1
    Module 2 Quiz 1: Force & Motion
    Group Discussion 2-2
    Module 2 Quiz 2: Static & Dynamic Forces


    WEEK 3

    MODULE 3: Energy, Work, & Power DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK CLASSICAL PHYSICS, Module 5


    MODULE 5 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE

    1.0 Given necessary information about a system, CALCULATE the work performed and/or power produced or used by that system.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES

    1.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Energy
    b. Potential energy
    c. Kinetic energy
    d. Work
    e. Power

    1.2 STATE the mathematical expression for:

    a. Potential energy
    b. Kinetic energy
    c. Work
    d. Power

    1.3 For a mechanical system, CALCULATE energy, work, and power.

    1.4 STATE the First Law of Thermodynamics, "Conservation of Energy."

    ENERGY AND WORK
    Energy
    Potential Energy
    Kinetic Energy
    Thermal Energy
    Mechanical Energy
    Work
    Summary

    LAW OF CONSERVATION OF ENERGY
    Conservation of Energy
    Summary

    POWER
    Power
    Thermal Power
    Mechanical Power
    Summary

    Group Discussion 3
    Module 3 Quiz: Energy & Work

    WRITTEN DISCUSSION 1 DUE


    WEEK 4

    MODULE 4: Atomic & Nuclear Physics DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND REACTOR THEORY, VOLUME 1 OF 2, Module 1


    MODULE 1 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    Given sufficient information, DESCRIBE atoms, including components, structure,
    and nomenclature.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES

    1.1 STATE the characteristics of the following atomic particles, including mass, charge, and location within the atom:

    a. Proton
    b. Neutron
    c. Electron

    1.2 DESCRIBE the Bohr model of an atom.

    1.3 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Nuclide
    b. Isotope
    c. Atomic number
    d. Mass number


    1.4 Given the standard (_Z^A)X notation for a particular nuclide, DETERMINE the following:

    a. Number of protons
    b. Number of neutrons
    c. Number of electrons

    1.5 DESCRIBE the three forces that act on particles within the nucleus and affect the stability of the nucleus.

    1.6 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Enriched uranium
    b. Depleted uranium

    1.7 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Mass defect
    b. Binding energy

    1.8 Given the atomic mass for a nuclide and the atomic masses of a neutron, proton, and
    electron, CALCULATE the mass defect and binding energy of the nuclide.

    ATOMIC NATURE OF MATTER

    Structure of Matter
    Subatomic Particles
    Bohr Model of the Atom
    Measuring Units on the Atomic Scale
    Nuclides
    Isotopes
    Atomic and Nuclear Radii
    Nuclear Forces
    Summary

    CHART OF THE NUCLIDES
    Chart of the Nuclides
    Information for Stable Nuclides
    Information for Unstable Nuclides
    Neutron - Proton Ratios
    Natural Abundance of Isotopes
    Enriched and Depleted Uranium
    Summary

    MASS DEFECT AND BINDING ENERGY
    Mass Defect
    Binding Energy
    Energy Levels of Atoms
    Energy Levels of the Nucleus
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    Given necessary references, DESCRIBE the various modes of radioactive decay.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    2.1 DESCRIBE the following processes:

    a. Alpha decay
    b. Beta-minus decay
    c. Beta-plus decay
    d. Electron capture
    e. Internal conversions
    f. Isomeric transitions

    2.2 Given a Chart of the Nuclides, WRITE the radioactive decay chain for a nuclide.

    2.3 EXPLAIN why one or more gamma rays typically accompany particle emission.

    2.4 Given the stability curve on the Chart of the Nuclides, DETERMINE the type of
    radioactive decay that the nuclides in each region of the chart will typically undergo.

    2.5 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Radioactivity
    b. Curie
    c. Becquerel
    d. Radioactive decay constant
    e. Radioactive half-life

    2.6 Given the number of atoms and either the half-life or decay constant of a nuclide,
    CALCULATE the activity.

    2.7 Given the initial activity and the decay constant of a nuclide, CALCULATE the activity at any later time.

    2.8 CONVERT between the half-life and decay constant for a nuclide.

    2.9 Given the Chart of the Nuclides and the original activity, PLOT the radioactive decay
    curve for a nuclide on either linear or semi-log coordinates.

    2.10 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Radioactive equilibrium
    b. Transient radioactive equilibrium

    MODES OF RADIOACTIVE DECAY
    Stability of Nuclei
    Natural Radioactivity
    Nuclear Decay
    Alpha Decay (α)
    Beta Decay (β)
    Electron Capture (EC, K-capture)
    Gamma Emission (γ)
    Internal Conversion
    Isomers and Isomeric Transition
    Decay Chains
    Predicting Type of Decay
    Summary

    RADIOACTIVITY
    Radioactive Decay Rates
    Units of Measurement for Radioactivity
    Variation of Radioactivity Over Time
    Radioactive Half-Life
    Plotting Radioactive Decay
    Radioactive Equilibrium
    Transient Radioactive Equilibrium
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    3.0 Without references, DESCRIBE the different nuclear interactions initiated by neutrons.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    3.1 DESCRIBE the following scattering interactions between a neutron and a nucleus:

    a. Elastic scattering
    b. Inelastic scattering

    3.2 STATE the conservation laws that apply to an elastic collision between a neutron and a nucleus.

    3.3 DESCRIBE the following reactions where a neutron is absorbed in a nucleus:

    a. Radiative capture
    b. Particle ejection
    NEUTRON INTERACTIONS
    Scattering
    Elastic Scattering
    Inelastic Scattering
    Absorption Reactions
    Radiative Capture
    Particle Ejection
    Fission
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    4.0 Without references, DESCRIBE the fission process.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    4.1 EXPLAIN the fission process using the liquid drop model of a nucleus.

    4.2 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Excitation energy
    b. Critical energy

    4.3 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Fissile material
    b. Fissionable material
    c. Fertile material

    4.4 DESCRIBE the processes of transmutation, conversion, and breeding.

    4.5 DESCRIBE the curve of Binding Energy per Nucleon versus mass number and give a
    qualitative description of the reasons for its shape.

    4.6 EXPLAIN why only the heaviest nuclei are easily fissioned.

    4.7 EXPLAIN why uranium-235 fissions with thermal neutrons and uranium-238 fissions only with fast neutrons.

    4.8 CHARACTERIZE the fission products in terms of mass groupings and radioactivity.

    4.9 Given the nuclides involved and their masses, CALCULATE the energy released from fission.

    4.10 Given the curve of Binding Energy per Nucleon versus mass number, CALCULATE the energy released from fission.

    NUCLEAR FISSION
    Fission
    Liquid Drop Model of a Nucleus
    Critical Energy
    Fissile Material
    Fissionable Material
    Fertile Material
    Binding Energy Per Nucleon (BE/A)
    Summary

    ENERGY RELEASE FROM FISSION
    Calculation of Fission Energy
    Estimation of Decay Energy
    Distribution of Fission Energy
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    5.0 Without references, DESCRIBE how the various types of radiation interact with matter.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    5.1 DESCRIBE interactions of the following with matter:

    a. Alpha particle
    b. Beta particle
    c. Positron
    d. Neutron

    5.2 DESCRIBE the following ways that gamma radiation interacts with matter:

    a. Compton scattering
    b. Photoelectric effect
    c. Pair production

    INTERACTION OF RADIATION WITH MATTER
    Interaction of Radiation with Matter
    Alpha Radiation
    Beta Minus Radiation
    Positron Radiation
    Neutron Radiation
    Gamma Radiation
    Summary

    Interactive Courseware
    Group Discussion 4
    Module 4 Quiz: Atomic & Nuclear Physics


    WEEK 5

    MODULE 5: Reactor Theory (Neutron Characteristics) DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND REACTOR THEORY, VOLUME 1 OF 2, Module 2


    MODULE 2 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    Without references, EXPLAIN how neutron sources produce neutrons.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    1.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Intrinsic neutron source
    b. Installed neutron source

    1.2 LIST three examples of reactions that produce neutrons in intrinsic neutron sources.

    1.3 LIST three examples of reactions that produce neutrons in installed neutron sources.

    NEUTRON SOURCES
    Neutron Sources
    Intrinsic Neutron Sources
    Installed Neutron Sources
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    2.0 Given the necessary information for calculations, EXPLAIN basic concepts in reactor
    physics and perform calculations.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    2.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Atom density
    b. Neutron flux
    c. Microscopic cross section
    d. Barn
    e. Macroscopic cross section
    f. Mean free path

    2.2 EXPRESS macroscopic cross section in terms of microscopic cross section.

    2.3 DESCRIBE how the absorption cross section of typical nuclides varies with neutron
    energy at energies below the resonance absorption region.

    2.4 DESCRIBE the cause of resonance absorption in terms of nuclear energy levels.

    2.5 DESCRIBE the energy dependence of resonance absorption peaks for typical light and heavy nuclei.

    2.6 EXPRESS mean free path in terms of macroscopic cross section.

    2.7 Given the number densities (or total density and component fractions) and microscopic cross sections of components, CALCULATE the macroscopic cross section for a mixture.

    2.8 CALCULATE a macroscopic cross section given a material density, atomic mass, and
    microscopic cross section.

    2.9 EXPLAIN neutron shadowing or self-shielding.

    2.10 Given the neutron flux and macroscopic cross section, CALCULATE the reaction rate.

    2.11 DESCRIBE the relationship between neutron flux and reactor power.

    2.12 DEFINE the following concepts:

    a. Thermalization
    b. Moderator
    c. Moderating ratio
    d. Average logarithmic energy decrement
    e. Macroscopic slowing down power

    2.13 LIST three desirable characteristics of a moderator.

    2.14 Given an average fractional energy loss per collision, CALCULATE the energy loss after a specified number of collisions.

    NUCLEAR CROSS SECTIONS AND NEUTRON FLUX
    Introduction
    Atom Density
    Cross Sections
    Mean Free Path
    Calculation of Macroscopic Cross Section and Mean Free Path
    Effects of Temperature on Cross Section
    Neutron Flux
    Self-Shielding
    Summary

    REACTION RATES
    Reaction Rates
    Reactor Power Calculation
    Relationship Between Neutron Flux and Reactor Power
    Summary

    NEUTRON MODERATION
    Neutron Slowing Down and Thermalization
    Macroscopic Slowing Down Power
    Moderating Ratio
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    3.0 Without references, EXPLAIN the production process and effects on fission of prompt and delayed neutrons.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    3.1 STATE the origin of prompt neutrons and delayed neutrons.

    3.2 STATE the approximate fraction of neutrons that are born as delayed neutrons from the fission of the following nuclear fuels:

    a. Uranium-235
    b. Plutonium-239

    3.3 EXPLAIN the mechanism for production of delayed neutrons.

    3.4 EXPLAIN prompt and delayed neutron generation times.

    3.5 Given prompt and delayed neutron generation times and delayed neutron fraction,
    CALCULATE the average generation time.

    3.6 EXPLAIN the effect of delayed neutrons on reactor control.

    PROMPT AND DELAYED NEUTRONS
    Neutron Classification
    Neutron Generation Time
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    4.0 Without references, DESCRIBE the neutron energy spectrum for the type of reactor
    presented in this module.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    4.1 STATE the average energy at which prompt neutrons are produced.

    4.2 DESCRIBE the neutron energy spectrum in the following reactors:

    a. Fast reactor
    b. Thermal reactor

    4.3 EXPLAIN the reason for the particular shape of the fast, intermediate, and slow energy regions of the neutron flux spectrum for a thermal reactor.

    NEUTRON FLUX SPECTRUM
    Prompt Neutron Energies
    Thermal and Fast Breeder Reactor Neutron Spectra
    Most Probable Neutron Velocities
    Summary

    Interactive Courseware
    Module 5 Quiz: Neutron Characteristics


    WEEK 6

    MODULE 6: Reactor Theory (Nuclear Parameters) DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND REACTOR THEORY, VOLUME 2 OF 2, Module 3


    MODULE 3 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    1.0 Using appropriate references, DESCRIBE the neutron life cycle discussed in this
    module.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    1.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Infinite multiplication factor, k
    b. Effective multiplication factor, keff
    c. Subcritical
    d. Critical
    e. Supercritical

    1.2 DEFINE each term in the six factor formula using the ratio of the number of neutrons
    present at different points in the neutron life cycle.

    1.3 Given the macroscopic cross sections for various materials, CALCULATE the thermal utilization factor.

    1.4 Given microscopic cross sections for absorption and fission, atom density, and ,
    CALCULATE the reproduction factor.

    1.5 Given the numbers of neutrons present at the start of a generation and values for each
    factor in the six factor formula, CALCULATE the number of neutrons that will be
    present at any point in the life cycle.

    1.6 LIST physical changes in the reactor core that will have an effect on the thermal
    utilization factor, reproduction factor, or resonance escape probability.

    1.7 EXPLAIN the effect that temperature changes will have on the following factors:

    a. Thermal utilization factor
    b. Resonance escape probability
    c. Fast non-leakage probability
    d. Thermal non-leakage probability

    1.8 Given the number of neutrons in a reactor core and the effective multiplication factor,
    CALCULATE the number of neutrons present after any number of generations.

    1.9 DEFINE the term reactivity.

    1.10 CONVERT between reactivity and the associated value of keff.

    1.11 CONVERT measures of reactivity between the following units:

    a. k/k
    b. %k/k
    c. 10-4 k/k
    d. Percent millirho (pcm)

    1.12 EXPLAIN the relationship between reactivity coefficients and reactivity defects.

    NEUTRON LIFE CYCLE
    Infinite Multiplication Factor, k∞
    Four Factor Formula
    Fast Fission Factor, (ε)
    Resonance Escape Probability, (p)
    Thermal Utilization Factor, (f)
    Reproduction Factor, (η)
    Effective Multiplication Factor
    Fast Non-Leakage Probability (ℒf)
    Thermal Non-Leakage Probability (ℒt)
    Six Factor Formula
    Neutron Life Cycle of a Fast Reactor
    Summary

    REACTIVITY
    Application of the Effective Multiplication Factor
    Reactivity
    Units of Reactivity
    Reactivity Coefficients and Reactivity Defects
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    2.0 From memory, EXPLAIN how reactivity varies with the thermodynamic properties of
    the moderator and the fuel.
    ENABLING OBJECTIVES

    2.1 EXPLAIN the conditions of over moderation and under moderation.

    2.2 EXPLAIN why many reactors are designed to be operated in an under moderated
    condition.

    2.3 STATE the effect that a change in moderator temperature will have on the moderator to fuel ratio.

    2.4 DEFINE the temperature coefficient of reactivity.

    2.5 EXPLAIN why a negative temperature coefficient of reactivity is desirable.

    2.6 EXPLAIN why the fuel temperature coefficient is more effective than the moderator
    temperature coefficient in terminating a rapid power rise.

    2.7 EXPLAIN the concept of Doppler broadening of resonance absorption peaks.

    2.8 LIST two nuclides that are present in some types of reactor fuel assemblies that have
    significant resonance absorption peaks.

    2.9 DEFINE the pressure coefficient of reactivity.

    2.10 EXPLAIN why the pressure coefficient of reactivity is usually negligible in a reactor
    cooled and moderated by a subcooled liquid.

    2.11 DEFINE the void coefficient of reactivity.

    2.12 IDENTIFY the moderator conditions under which the void coefficient of reactivity
    becomes significant.

    REACTIVITY COEFFICIENTS
    Moderator Effects
    Moderator Temperature Coefficient
    Fuel Temperature Coefficient
    Pressure Coefficient
    Void Coefficient
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    3.0 Without references, DESCRIBE the use of neutron poisons.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    3.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Burnable poison
    b. Non-burnable poison
    c. Chemical shim

    3.2 EXPLAIN the use of burnable neutron poisons in a reactor core.

    3.3 LIST the advantages and disadvantages of chemical shim over fixed burnable poisons.

    3.4 STATE two reasons why fixed non-burnable neutron poisons are used in reactor cores.

    3.5 STATE an example of a material used as a fixed non-burnable neutron poison.

    NEUTRON POISONS
    Fixed Burnable Poisons
    Soluble Poisons
    Non-Burnable Poisons
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    4.0 Without references, DESCRIBE the effects of fission product poisons on a reactor.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    4.1 LIST two methods of production and two methods of removal for xenon-135 during
    reactor operation.

    4.2 STATE the equation for equilibrium xenon-135 concentration.

    4.3 DESCRIBE how equilibrium xenon-135 concentration varies with reactor power level.

    4.4 DESCRIBE the causes and effects of a xenon oscillation.

    4.5 DESCRIBE how xenon-135 concentration changes following a reactor shutdown from steady-state conditions.

    4.6 EXPLAIN the effect that pre-shutdown power levels have on the xenon-135
    concentration after shutdown.

    4.7 STATE the approximate time following a reactor shutdown at which the reactor can be considered "xenon free."

    4.8 EXPLAIN what is meant by the following terms:

    a. Xenon precluded startup
    b. Xenon dead time

    4.9 DESCRIBE how xenon-135 concentration changes following an increase or a decrease in the power level of a reactor.

    4.10 DESCRIBE how samarium-149 is produced and removed from the reactor core during reactor operation.

    4.11 STATE the equation for equilibrium samarium-149 concentration.

    4.12 DESCRIBE how equilibrium samarium-149 concentration varies with reactor power
    level.

    4.13 DESCRIBE how samarium-149 concentration changes following a reactor
    shutdown from steady-state conditions.

    4.14 DESCRIBE how samarium-149 concentration changes following a reactor startup.

    4.15 STATE the conditions under which helium-3 will have a significant effect on the
    reactivity of a reactor.

    XENON
    Fission Product Poisons
    Production and Removal of Xenon-135
    Xenon-135 Response to Reactor Shutdown
    Xenon-135 Oscillations
    Xenon-135 Response to Reactor Power Changes
    Summary

    SAMARIUM AND OTHER FISSION PRODUCT POISONS
    Production and Removal of Samarium-149
    Samarium-149 Response to Reactor Shutdown
    Other Neutron Poisons
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    5.0 Without references, DESCRIBE how control rods affect the reactor core.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    5.1 DESCRIBE the difference between a "grey" neutron absorbing material and a "black"
    neutron absorbing material.

    5.2 EXPLAIN why a "grey" neutron absorbing material may be preferable to a "black"
    neutron absorbing material for use in control rods.

    5.3 EXPLAIN why resonance absorbers are sometimes preferred over thermal absorbers as a control rod material.

    5.4 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Integral control rod worth
    b. Differential control rod worth

    5.5 DESCRIBE the shape of a typical differential control rod worth curve and explain the
    reason for the shape.

    5.6 DESCRIBE the shape of a typical integral control rod worth curve and explain the reason for the shape.

    5.7 Given an integral or differential control rod worth curve, CALCULATE the reactivity
    change due to a control rod movement between two positions.

    5.8 Given differential control rod worth data, PLOT differential and integral control rod
    worth curves.

    CONTROL RODS
    Selection of Control Rod Materials
    Types of Control Rods
    Control Rod Effectiveness
    Integral and Differential Control Rod Worth
    Rod Control Mechanisms
    Summary

    Interactive Courseware
    Module 6 Quiz: Neutron Life Cycle


    WEEK 7

    MODULE 7: Reactor Theory (Reactor Operations) DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND REACTOR THEORY, VOLUME 2 OF 2, Module 4


    MODULE 4 TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    1.0 Given the necessary information and equations, EXPLAIN how subcritical multiplication occurs.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    1.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Subcritical multiplication
    b. Subcritical multiplication factor

    1.2 Given a neutron source strength and a subcritical system of known keff, CALCULATE
    the steady-state neutron level.

    1.3 Given an initial count rate and keff, CALCULATE the final count rate that will result
    from the addition of a known amount of reactivity.

    1.4 Given count rates vs. the parameter being adjusted, ESTIMATE the value of the
    parameter at which the reactor will become critical through the use of a 1/M plot.

    SUBCRITICAL MULTIPLICATION
    Subcritical Multiplication Factor
    Effect of Reactivity Changes on Subcritical Multiplication
    Use of 1/M Plots
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    2.0 Given the necessary information and equations, DESCRIBE how power changes in a
    reactor that is near criticality.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    2.1 DEFINE the following terms:

    a. Reactor period
    b. Doubling time
    c. Reactor startup rate

    2.2 DESCRIBE the relationship between the delayed neutron fraction, average delayed
    neutron fraction, and effective delayed neutron fraction.

    2.3 WRITE the period equation and IDENTIFY each symbol.

    2.4 Given the reactivity of the core and values for the effective average delayed neutron
    fraction and decay constant, CALCULATE the reactor period and the startup rate.

    2.5 Given the initial power level and either the doubling or halving time, CALCULATE the power at any later time.

    2.6 Given the initial power level and the reactor period, CALCULATE the power at any
    later time.

    2.7 EXPLAIN what is meant by the terms prompt drop and prompt jump.

    2.8 DEFINE the term prompt critical.

    2.9 DESCRIBE reactor behavior during the prompt critical condition.

    2.10 EXPLAIN the use of measuring reactivity in units of dollars.

    REACTOR KINETICS
    Reactor Period (τ)
    Effective Delayed Neutron Fraction
    Effective Delayed Neutron Precursor Decay Constant
    Prompt Criticality
    Stable Period Equation
    Reactor Startup Rate (SUR)
    Doubling Time
    Summary

    TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
    3.0 Without references, EXPLAIN the concepts concerning reactor startup, operation, and
    shutdown.

    ENABLING OBJECTIVES
    3.1 EXPLAIN why a startup neutron source may be required for a reactor.

    3.2 LIST four variables typically involved in a reactivity balance.

    3.3 EXPLAIN how a reactivity balance may be used to predict the conditions under which the reactor will become critical.

    3.4 LIST three methods used to shape or flatten the core power distribution.

    3.5 DESCRIBE the concept of power tilt.

    3.6 DEFINE the term shutdown margin.

    3.7 EXPLAIN the rationale behind the one stuck rod criterion.

    3.8 IDENTIFY five changes that will occur during and after a reactor shutdown that will
    affect the reactivity of the core.

    3.9 EXPLAIN why decay heat is present following reactor operation.

    3.10 LIST three variables that will affect the amount of decay heat present following reactor shutdown.

    3.11 ESTIMATE the approximate amount of decay heat that will exist one hour after a
    shutdown from steady state conditions.

    REACTOR OPERATION
    Startup
    Estimated Critical Position
    Core Power Distribution
    Power Tilt
    Shutdown Margin
    Operation
    Temperature
    Pressure
    Power Level
    Flow
    Core Burnup
    Shutdown
    Decay Heat
    Summary

    Interactive Courseware

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