UN 0901 – Nuclear Material

2016 Version

 May 14 & 15, 2016
 May 28 & 29, 2016
 June 11 & 12, 2016
 June 25 & 26, 2016
 Start Time:
 9:00 a.m.
 Room 1-0   (Lecturer Theatre)
 Durham College – Whitby Campus
 610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7
Mark Daymond, Queen's University
Zhongwen Yao, Queen's University
  • Final date to Register – May 27, 2016
  • Last day to Drop Course – May 27, 2016
  • Prerequisite: 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 Administration

  • Schedule
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Course Notes

UN 901 Course Material for Enrolled Students

Course Assignments

Class Recordings

These are audio and screen capture of the actual classes. BBFlashback was used to create a self standing executable. Just down load and run. Use the View command on the toolbar to adjust the movie screen size. File sizes are large but that is the best we can do at the moment. [These recordings of the actual class are password protected. You will need to register in the course and contact the instructor to receive the password. The username is un901]

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Learning Resources

  • 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 Behabiour – 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