UN 0802 – Nuclear Reactor Physics

2020 Version – 
UN802 is preceded by the Physics Refresher Course – It is expected that students know the material covered in the Refresher course to complete the UN802 Nuclear Reactor Analysis Course successfully.

Course Details:


August 29 & 30, 2020 – Refresher Course
September 12 & 13, 2020
September 26 & 27, 2020
October 17 & 18, 2020
October 31 & November 1, 2020
November 22, 2020 – Final Exam

Start Time   9:00 am
To be delivered 100% online via WebEx   
  • Final date to Register – September 11, 2020
  • Last day to Drop Course – September 14, 2020
  • Prerequisite: Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program
  • It is highly recommended that you review the Physics refresher / prerequisite material for this course and the general Math refresher / prerequisite. It will be expected that you know the material covered in these two refresher courses. 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.

Course Administration

UN802 Course Outline 2020

Dr. Ben Rouben

Learning Modules

1_neutron_reactions_&_beam_reaction_rates – PW

2_the_neutron_cycle – PW

3_neutron_flux_&_current – PW

4_neutron-balance_equations – PW

5_source-sink_problems_in_1_energy_group – PW

6_analysing_multiplying_media_in_1_energy_group – PW

7_flux_shape_in_various_reactor_geometries – PW

8_4-factor_formula_for_k-inf – PW

9_diffusion_in_2_energy_groups – PW

10_evolution_of_lattice_properties – PW

11_subcritical_multiplication_&_approach_to_criticality – PW

12_candu_core_design – PW

13_solving_the_diffusion_equation_numerically – PW

14_kinetics – PW

15_kinetics_without_delayed_neutrons – PW

16_kinetics_with_delayed_neutrons – PW

17_xenon_effects – PW



The following is required reading for Part 2:

Garland, editor, 2014. The Essential CANDU – A textbook on the CANDU Nuclear Power Plant Technology, Chapter 5: (https://unene.ca/essentialcandu/pdf/TheEssentialCANDU.pdf)

Recordings –  https://mcmaster.webex.com/