UN 0802 – Nuclear Reactor Physics

(2012 Version)
(This course is similar, but not identical, to EP6D03)

UN802 is preceded by the Physics Refresher Course – It is expected that students know the material covered in the Refresher couse to complete the UN802 Nuclear Reactor Analysis Course successfully.


  • Course Offered: October 13 to December 2, 2012
    • October 13 & 14, 2012
    • October 20 & 21, 2012
    • November 3 & 4, 2012
    • November 17 & 18, 2012
    • December 2, 2012 – Exam
  • Location:
    • Durham College, Whitby Campus
    • Lecture Theatre
    • 1610 Champlain Ave, Whitby, ON
  • Prerequisite: Registration in the UNENE Joint M. Eng. Program
  • It is highly recommended that you review the Physics refresher / prerequisite material for this course and the general Math refresher / prerequisite to ensure you are ready for UN0802. See the Refresher / Prerequisite Material page for further information.


Course Description:

An introduction to nuclear energy and fission energy systems is presented. The energetics of nuclear reactions, interactions of radiation with matter, radioactivity, design and operating principles of fission are presented. Nuclear reactor physics including chain reactions, reactor statics and kinetics, multigroup analysis, core thermalhydraulics and the impact of these topics on reactor design are covered. Special topics such as xenon dynamics, burnup and reactor flux effects on safety are included.

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