NE 543 Selected Topics in Nuclear Criticality Safety:

NE 543 Selected Topics in Nuclear Criticality Safety:

NE 543 Selected Topics in Nuclear Criticality Safety: Course Introduction and Overview Spring, 2018 Nuclear Engineering Introduction 1 NE 543 Catalog Description Title: NE 543: Selected Topics in Nuclear Criticality Safety Description: Criticality safety computational and experimental methods for enrichment, fabrication, storage, reprocessing, and transport applications; overview of safety practices and

regulatory requirements. Prerequisite: NE 421 or consent of instructor. Credit: 3 semester hours (either graduate or UG) Text: No textbook, only Kniefs book, which is used in NE 421, and handout material, which is provided via the web References: Provided in handout material Instructors: Robinson, Taylor, Marshall, Haught, Pevey Nuclear Engineering Introduction 2 Course Objectives Increase knowledge and understanding of important concepts in NCS

Provide a good theoretical and analytical foundation to complement on-the-job training and experience that is required of most NCS practitioners. Rely heavily on the experience of the instructors, who have a combined total of over 120 years of relevant experience Nuclear Engineering Introduction 3 Instructors NE 543 is team taught by: Chris Robinson

B. J. Marshall Richard Taylor Chris Haught Ron Pevey Each teach 3 weeksexcept for Pevey, who teaches 2 weeks (total 14 weeks). Nuclear Engineering Introduction 4 Robinson Topics

Review of criticality accidents Review of standards and regulations Review of criticality safety anomalies Probabilistic risk assessment and human factors Evolution and inter-relationships of domestic and international standards Nuclear Engineering Introduction 5

Taylor Topics Uranium Materials Single Homogeneous Unit Criticality Data Conversions Using Hand Calculation Methods Enrichment, Reflection, Moderation, and Heterogeneous Systems Potpourri Selected Topics from TID-7016 Project Sapphire Project Auburn Endeavor

Nuclear Engineering Introduction 6 Marshall Topics Neutron cross sections Transport codes and applications Subcritical limits Operating limits and controls

Nuclear Engineering Introduction 7 Haught Topics Criticality Safety Evaluations Enriched Uranium Processing Planning for Accidents

Computer Code Validation Nuclear Engineering Introduction 8 Pevey Topics Nuclear Criticality Safety Practice Advanced topics Nuclear Engineering Introduction 9

Course web presence The course outline, syllabus, and shared material will appear on: http://web.utk.edu/~rpevey/NE543/outline.htm ? will be used for email and grade posting Nuclear Engineering Introduction 10 Course Grades Each of the four OR instructors will proctor a ~ 35-minute exam on the content of the previous 3-week period (i.e.,

four 35-minute exams for a total of ~ 3 hours of exams). All exams will be closed book, closed notes, and represent one individuals effort (i.e., no collaboration on exams). The final course grade for each student will be based on the average of the exams. Nuclear Engineering Introduction 11 Four Important References Nuclear Criticality Safety-Theory and Practice by R. A. Knief, Copyright 1985, 1986 by The American Nuclear Society Textbook for Course NE 421: Introduction to Nuclear

Criticality Safety "Critical Dimension of Systems Containing 235U, 239Pu, and 233U, LA-10860-MS, REFSET, Unclassified, Volumes I-III, Los Alamos National Laboratory A Review of Criticality Accidents, by T.P. McLaughlin, et al., LA-13638, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2000) Nuclear Safety Guide TID-7016, by J.T. Thomas, Ed., U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission report NUREG/CR-0095 (ORNL/NUREG/CSD-6) (June 1978) Nuclear Engineering Introduction 12

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