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This engineering course is designed to introduce students to a range of concepts, ideas and models used in nuclear reactor physics. This course will focus on the physical theory of reactors and methods of experimental studies of the neutron field. This course is based on the course “Neutron transport theory” which has been taught at the National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” for the past 20 years. What you'll learn: • Define basic processes that may occur in the reactor core, laws, equations, and the limits of applicability of models describing the neutron field in the reactor; • Demonstrate practical experience of calculating the distribution of neutrons in media; • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the process of slowing down neutrons in various media (typical for nuclear fission reactors) from the standpoint of understanding the physics of the process; • Evaluate important reactor parameters including performance and safety....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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5 hours to complete

Introductions to Nuclear Reactor Physics

In this module students will learn about the neutron field and main functions to describe it. Students will study the concepts of neutron flux, net current, one-way currents and vector of net current....
Reading
10 videos (Total 51 min), 10 readings, 6 quizzes
Video10 videos
The Properties of Free Neutrons and It’s Classification8m
Principal Nuclear Reaction – Neutron Sources4m
Main Properties of Nuclear Fission6m
Main Process of Neutron Interaction With Nuclei of Medium4m
Microscopic Cross-Sections6m
Mean Free Path2m
Neutron Flux, Net Current, One-Way Currents and Vector of Net Current7m
Neutron flux, net current, one-way currents and vector of net current. Example 11m
Neutron Flux, Net Current, One-Way Currents and Vector of Net Current. Example 2m
Reading10 readings
Introduction10m
The Properties of Free Neutrons and It’s Classification10m
Principal Nuclear Reaction – Neutron Sources10m
Main Properties of Nuclear Fission10m
Main Process of Neutron Interaction With Nuclei of Medium10m
Microscopic Cross-Sections10m
Mean Free Path10m
Neutron Flux, Net Current, One-Way Currents and Vector of Net Current10m
Neutron Flux, Net Current, One-Way Currents and Vector of Net Current. Example 110m
Neutron Flux, Net Current, One-Way Currents and Vector of Net Current. Example 210m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Training test21m
Quiz42m
Training test21m
Quiz27m
Training test21m
Quiz30m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Neutrons space behaviour by diffusion aproximation

In this module students will get knowledge concerning neutrons space behavior by diffusion approximation. Students will learn about diffusion theory, diffusion equation and Fick’s Law....
Reading
9 videos (Total 35 min), 9 readings, 6 quizzes
Video9 videos
Fick’s Law4m
Diffusion Equation3m
Initial and Boundary Conditions to Find Solution7m
Task 1. Point Source in Infinite Spherical Geometry3m
Task 2. Plane Source in Infinite Planar Geometry1m
Task 3. Thread-Like Source in Infinite Cylindrical Geometrym
Task 4. Distributed Source in Bare Slab2m
The Solution in Multiplying Medium5m
Reading9 readings
Diffusion Theory10m
Fick’s Law10m
Diffusion Equation10m
Initial and Boundary Conditions to Find Solution10m
Task 110m
Task 210m
Task 310m
Task 410m
The Solution in Multiplying Medium10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Training test21m
Quiz30m
Training test21m
Quiz30m
Training test9m
Quiz30m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Main Principals of Slowing down of Neutrons

In this module students will get knowledge concerning Main Principals of Slowing down of Neutrons. Students will learn about Neutron Spectrum in Absorbing and Non-Absorbing Medium....
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Kinematic of Slowing Down8m
Average Logarithmic Energy Loss3m
Reading3 readings
Main Principals of Slowing down of Neutrons10m
Kinematic of Slowing Down10m
Average Logarithmic Energy Loss10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Training test15m
Quiz30m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Neutron Spectrum in Non-Absorbing and Absorbing Medium

In this module we will find the dependency of neutron flux by energy (the neutron spectrum). After studding this module, the student should be able to understand and explain the terms in slowing down equation....
Reading
5 videos (Total 29 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Slowing Down with Absorption4m
Weak Absorption and Resonance Range6m
Resonance Escape Probability3m
Doppler Effect3m
Reading5 readings
Neutron Spectrum in Non-Absorbing Medium10m
Slowing Down with Absorption10m
Weak Absorption and Resonance Range10m
Resonance Escape Probability10m
Doppler Effect10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Training test12m
Quiz27m
Training test15m
Quiz30m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Thermalization of Neutrons and MultiGroup Method

In this module students will learn about main principles of neutron behavior in thermal range. Students will study the ideas of find thermal neutron flux — Maxwell’s spectrum....
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Multigroup Method6m
Multigroup Method. Examples4m
Reading3 readings
Thermalization of Neutrons10m
Multigroup Method10m
Multigroup Method. Examples10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Training test18m
Quiz30m
Training test9m
Quiz30m

Instructor

Yury Volkov

Senior lecturer, PhD in Nuclear Engineering
Department of Theoretical and Experimental Physics of Nuclear Reactors

About National Research Nuclear University MEPhI

National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” is one of the most recognized technical universities in Russia. It is the only research nuclear university in Russia. The aim of the university existence is preparing the specialists for nuclear industry, science, information technology and other high-tech sectors of Russian economy. National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” implements postgraduate professional education curricula (PhD and postdoctoral level), carries out fundamental and applied scientific research in high-priority fields of science and technologies. Among MEPhI graduates are Nobel Prize winners, members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and winners of national prizes. Its professors and alumni have made major contributions to various fields of theoretical and experimental physics, mathematics, cybernetics, and computer sciences....

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