UN 0901 — Nuclear Material

2023 Version

 June 10 and 11, 2023
 June 24 and 25, 2023
 July 15 and 16, 2023
 July 29 and 30, 2023
 Start Time:
 9:00 a.m.
Lecturer Theatre (Rm 1-0)
Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7
Durham College – Whitby Campus Map

This course will be taught over 4 non-consecutive weekends at Durham College, Whitby Campus, or at Ontario Tech campus locations.

The midterm (if applicable; pending course outline) and final exam will be in person.

Live attendance is expected. If you require accommodation for distance learning, please contact the course instructor as well as the Education Program Director. Note that distance learning will be accommodated for serious reasons only.

Mark Daymond, Queen’s University
Zhongwen Yao, Queen’s University
Deadline to Register: June 9th, 2023
Deadline to Drop: June 23rd, 2023
Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program
Course Description: 
A nuclear reactor presents a unique environment in which materials must perform. In addition to the high temperatures and stresses to which materials are subjected in conventional applications, nuclear materials are subjected to various kinds of radiation which affect their performance, and often this dictates a requirement for a unique property (for example, a low cross section for thermal neutron absorption) that is not relevant in conventional applications. The effects of the radiation may be direct (e.g., the displacement of atoms from their normal positions by fast neutrons or fission fragments), or indirect (e.g., a more aggressive chemical environment caused by radiolytic decomposition). This course describes materials typically used in nuclear environments, the unique conditions to which they are subjected, the basic physical phenomena that affect their performance and the resulting design criteria for reactor components made from these materials.
Course Notes: In the course DropBox folder

  • DoITPoMS Teaching and Learning Packages – Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. In particular see Particularly the headings:
    • Atomic Structure – Atomic Scale Structure
    • Atomic Structure – Lattice Planes
    • Atomic Structure – Solid Solutions
    • Atomic Structure – Introduction to Dislocations
    • Atomic Structure – Introduction to Anisotropy
    • Mechanical Behaviour – Slip in Single Crystals
    • Mechanical Behaviour – Fracture of Glass
    • For later in the course, the following may be useful : Techniques for Studying – X-ray Diffraction
  • In terms of general materials text books that you might want to borrow from the library or get hold of 2nd hand, I would suggest:
    • Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials, R.W. Hertzberg , pub. John Wiley & Sons (1995). ISBN# 0471012149.
    • Mechanical Metallurgy, G.E. Dieter, pub. McGraw Hill, year depends on Edition (3rd is most recent I think).
  • MIT Open Courseware – 3.11 Mechanics of Materials