Course title:

Reactor Physics

Primary programme:

Fizikus mérnök BSc

ECTS credits:

5

Course type:

elective

Number of lectures per week:

3

Number of practices per week:

1

Number of laboratory exercises per week:

0

Further knowledge transfer methods:

Grading:

Examination

Special grading methods:

Semester:

5

7

Prerequisites:

Modern Physics

Responsible lecturer:

Dr. József Kópházi, associate professor, PhD

Lecturers and instructors:

Course description:

Description of nuclear reactors in general. Use of neutrons: energy production, measurement technology. Cross sections, relationship of nuclear reactions to neutron gas. Description of neutron gas, the Boltzmann equation as a neutron balance. Initial and boundary conditions. The concept of criticality. Approximations of the Boltzmann equation: the diffusion theory. Energy groups. Time dependence and criticality in a one-group approximation. Kinetics, measurement of reactivity. The neutron spectrum. Theory of neutron slowing down. Resonances. Thermalization. Spatial distribution of slowing down neutrons, Fermi age. Multi-group methods. Thermal reactors: bare and reflected reactor. Fuel grids. Reactivity factors. Reactor excursion. Adjoint function. Perturbation theory. Point kinetics. Burn-up. Reactor operation. Numerical methods

Reading materials:

Nuclear reactor analysis / James J. Duderstadt, Louis J. Hamilton.[2009], cop. 1976.
ISBN 0-471-22363-8Weston M. Stacey Nuclear Reactor Physics, Second Edition, 2007 ISBN:9783527406791

List of competences:

Please find the detailed list, as quoted from the Hungarian training and outcome requirements of the Physicist Engineer program, in the Hungarian version of the course description.