Course Descriptions

Course designations are as follows:

  • UN 05 – given under the auspices of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • UN 06 – given under the auspices of the Western University
  • UN 07 – given under the auspices of the University of Waterloo
  • UN 08 – given under the auspices of McMaster University
  • UN 09 – given under the auspices of Queen’s University

Additional courses may be offered in the future, including selected business courses.

 

Academic Integrity / V. Snell, Program Director / Details

This is a mini-course on academic integrity. Its purpose is to ensure that all UNENE students understand the concepts behind academic integrity and the penalties if they get on the wrong side of it. The course is compulsory for all UNENE students. It was introduced to reduce the chance of mishaps due to ignorance of university expectations – which can be quite different from an industry environment. Be sure to read about the Academic Integrity Policy.

Refresher Courses

These are not-for-credit weekend courses in key areas to help you prepare for the formal UNENE course. They are free to UNENE students and industry employees.
 

UN 0500 / Engineering Project  UOIT 

If they so elect, candidates for the M. Eng. (Nuclear Engineering) Degree may do an Engineering Project in an industrial laboratory. This consists of an industry-oriented project under the co-supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist and a university supervisor. The engineering project counts as two non-core UNENE courses, and requires the same amount of work and time as taking two UNENE courses. UNENE will attempt to facilitate an engineering project in consultation with the candidate and  through negotiation with the candidate’s employer. A satisfactory project topic and appropriate arrangements are required for the project to be approved by UNENE. Upon completion, the candidate will submit a substantial report on the project and make a presentation on it at the university. The engineering project can only be undertaken after at least half the required UNENE M.Eng. courses have been taken.

UN 0501 Nuclear Fuel Management  UOIT / B. Rouben

Topics covered include: Uranium mining and processing for use in nuclear reactors, uranium tails and  mass of natural uranium required for enrichment to various levels, reactivity curve of fuel and its importance, the refuelling process in CANDU, design and capabilities of the fuelling machine, significance of flux/power shape in reactor, how and why to flatten the flux distribution (adjuster rods, differential fuelling), time-average, snapshot, and core-follow models for CANDU reactors, PWR fuel management. Significant hands-on projects for CANDU reactors, with full-core diffusion codes and models. Carrying out actual core-follow calculations in CANDU and selection of channels for refuelling.

UN 0502 Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Operations  UOIT G. Harvel     Mandatory Course

System and overall unit operations relevant to nuclear power plants with emphasis on CANDU; includes all major reactor and process systems with nuclear plant simulator; self-study using interactive CD ROM. Students must bring a laptop with Windows XP or Windows 8 to use in class. Two to three class one day meetings will be scheduled.


UN 0600 Engineering Project  Western University

If they so elect, candidates for the M. Eng. (Nuclear Engineering) Degree may do an Engineering Project in an industrial laboratory. This consists of an industry-oriented project under the co-supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist and a university supervisor. The engineering project counts as two non-core UNENE courses, and requires the same amount of work and time as taking two UNENE courses. UNENE will attempt to facilitate an engineering project in consultation with the candidate and  through negotiation with the candidate’s employer. A satisfactory project topic and appropriate arrangements are required for the project to be approved by UNENE. Upon completion, the candidate will submit a substantial report on the project and make a presentation on it at the university. The engineering project can only be undertaken after at least half the required UNENE M.Eng. courses have been taken.

UN 0601 Control, Instrumentation and Electrical Systems in CANDU based Nuclear Power Plants  Western University / J. Jiang 

This course covers the basic control, instrumentation and electrical systems commonly found in CANDU based nuclear power plants. The course starts with an overall view of the dynamics associated with different parts of the plant, i.e. reactor, heat transport systems, moderator, steam generator, turbine, and electrical generator. Based on such knowledge, the control and regulation functions in the above systems are then defined. Different instrumentation and measurement techniques are examined, along with control strategies. The time and frequency domain performance characterizations of control loops are introduced with consideration of actuator and sensor limitations. Different controller design and tuning methods and instrumentation calibration procedures are discussed. Two modes of operation of CANDU plants will be analyzed, i.e. normal mode and alternate mode. Advanced control technologies, such as distributed control systems, Field bus communication protocols are introduced in view of their potential applications in the existing and newly constructed CANDU power plants. The electric systems in the CANDU plant will be examined. The modeling of the dynamics and control devices for the generator will be covered in details. The dynamic interaction between the CANDU power plants and the rest of the electric power grid with other generating facilities and various types of load will be studied.

UN 0602 Nuclear Fuel Waste Management  Western University / D. Shoesmith

Presently, nuclear fuel waste management involves storage in water pools or dry storage containers at reactor sites. If the fuel is then defined as waste, permanent disposal at an appropriate deep geological site would be considered. This course will describe the physical and chemical properties of the fuel and these approaches to storage and disposal. Key features of the fuel include its chemical and physical structure and properties prior to, and after, in-reactor irradiation, the nature and distribution of radionuclides produced in-reactor, and the chemical and physical properties of the Zircaloy fuel cladding before and after in-reactor exposure. The principles behind pool and dry storage will be described including the design of storage containers and the chemical and corrosion processes that could influence their long-term integrity. The possible permanent disposal scenarios developed internationally will be discussed, with a primary emphasis on those potentially applicable in Canada. For this last topic, the design and fabrication of waste containers and the processes that could potentially lead to their failure, the properties of engineered barriers within the geological site, the essential geological features of the chosen site, and the computational modeling approaches used in site performance assessment calculations will be described.

UN 0603 Project Management for Nuclear Engineers  Western University / 

Project Management is emerging as perhaps the key core competency in engineering in the 21st century industrial workplace. This course in Project Management will prepare nuclear engineers in the application of this discipline in their work. It is an intensive investigation into the major principles of Project Management slanted towards, but not exclusively about, the management of nuclear engineering projects. The course uses the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) as a skeleton and expands that coverage with relevant examples from nuclear, software and general engineering. Special emphasis will be placed on Risk Management, particularly in the area of safety-critical projects. The graduate will be well-positioned both to apply the knowledge in their area of engineering and to sit the PMI’s PMP examination. The course will be taught by a professional engineer holding the PMP certification, using many case studies from industry and engineering.


UN 0700 Engineering Project   University of Waterloo

If they so elect, candidates for the M. Eng. (Nuclear Engineering) Degree may do an Engineering Project in an industrial laboratory. This consists of an industry-oriented project under the co-supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist and a university supervisor. The engineering project counts as two non-core UNENE courses, and requires the same amount of work and time as taking two UNENE courses. UNENE will attempt to facilitate an engineering project in consultation with the candidate and  through negotiation with the candidate’s employer. A satisfactory project topic and appropriate arrangements are required for the project to be approved by UNENE. Upon completion, the candidate will submit a substantial report on the project and make a presentation on it at the university. The engineering project can only be undertaken after at least half the required UNENE M.Eng. courses have been taken.

UN 0701 Engineering Risk and Reliability  University of Waterloo / M. Pandey

This course presents a broad treatment of the subject of engineering decision, risk, and reliability. Emphasis is on (1) the modelling of engineering problems and evaluation of systems performance under conditions of uncertainty; (2) risk-based approach to life-cycle management of engineering systems; (3) systematic development of design criteria, explicitly taking into account the significance of uncertainty; and (4) logical framework for risk assessment and risk-benefit tradeoffs in decision making. The necessary mathematical concepts are developed in the context of engineering problems. The main topics of discussion are: probability theory, statistical data analysis, component and system reliability concepts, time-dependent reliability analysis, computational methods, life-cycle optimization models and risk management in public policy.

UN 0800 Engineering Project  McMaster University

If they so elect, candidates for the M. Eng. (Nuclear Engineering) Degree may do an Engineering Project in an industrial laboratory. This consists of an industry-oriented project under the co-supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist and a university supervisor. The engineering project counts as two non-core UNENE courses, and requires the same amount of work and time as taking two UNENE courses. UNENE will attempt to facilitate an engineering project in consultation with the candidate and  through negotiation with the candidate’s employer. A satisfactory project topic and appropriate arrangements are required for the project to be approved by UNENE. Upon completion, the candidate will submit a substantial report on the project and make a presentation on it at the university. The engineering project can only be undertaken after at least half the required UNENE M.Eng. courses have been taken.

UN 0802 Nuclear Reactor Physics  McMaster University / B.Rouben & E. Dorin   Mandatory Course

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.

UN 0803 Nuclear Reactor Safety Design  McMaster University / V. Snell   Mandatory Course

Technology and safety analysis underlying nuclear reactor safety. Topics include: Nature of the hazards; concepts of risk; probability tools and techniques; safety criteria; design basis accidents; case studies; safety analysis technology; human error; safety system design; and general safety design principles.

UN 0804 Nuclear Reactor Heat Transport System Design  McMaster University / N. Popov   Mandatory Course

Fundamentals of single-phase and two-phase flow, and heat and mass transfer. Nuclear power plant primary heat transport system design and calculations, including design description and characteristics of main components and systems. Simulation methodology and tools, including development and qualification of selected thermal-hydraulics computer codes. Course also covers experimental techniques, facilities and results that describe important thermal-hydraulics phenomena. Course topics include: development of conservation equations and relevant constitutive correlations, flow patterns and boiling heat transport regimes, critical heat flux and pressure drop calculations, description of most important computer codes, description of relevant experimental facilities and results, safety margins and operational safety issues and methodologies.

UN 0805 Introduction to Operational Health Physics  McMaster University / D. Tucker

An introduction to a number of topics that will be encountered in the practice of health physics. The following topics will be discussed: Dose limitation; dosimetric quantities for individuals and populations; ioinzing radiation risks and hazards; ICRP-60; internal doses and the compartment model; derived air concentrations and annual limit on intake; metabolic models for respiratory system and GI tract, radiation safety at nuclear reactors, particle accelerators, irradiators, X-Ray installations and laboratories; pathway analysis; derived release limits; environmental monitoring, sample collection and preparation, and sources of radiation; atmospheric transport; cost-benefit analysis; derivation of limits for surface contamination.

UN 0806 Nuclear Fuel Engineering  McMaster University / P. Chan

This course covers power reactor fuel design, performance, and safety aspects, and complements other Engineering Physics / UNENE courses on reactor core design, thermohydraulics and reactor safety design. It includes fissile and fertile fuels; burnup effects; fuel production (as well as uranium enrichment and reprocessing of spent fuel), quality assurance and CANDU fuel technical specifications; thermal conductivity; fuel chemistry; fuel restructuring and grain growth; fission product behaviour; fuel defect detection and location; fuel performance in operation; and fuel / fuel channel behaviour in design basis and severe accidents. The course is based on an accredited graduate-level course that has been given several times at Royal Military College (a UNENE member).

UN 0807 Power Plant Thermodynamics  McMaster University / R. Chaplin

-Thermodynamic Cycles: Nuclear versus conventional steam cycles, regenerative feedwater heating, moisture separation and reheating, tubine expansion lines, heat balance diagrams, available energy, cycle efficiency and exergy analysis.
Nuclear Heat Removal: Heat conduction and convection in fuel rods and heat exchanger tubes, heat transfer in boilers and condensers, boiler influence on heat transport system, boiler swelling and shrinking, boiler level control, condenser performance.
Steam Turbine Operation: Turbine configuration, impulse and reaction blading, blade velocity diagrams, turbine seals and sealing systems, moisture in turbines, part load operation, back pressure effects, thermal effects and turbine governing

UN 0808 Reactor Chemistry and Corrosion  McMaster University / W. Cook

Corrosion and its costs, corrosion measurement, general materials and environment affects. Types of corrosion: uniform, galvanic, crevice, pitting, intergranular, selective leaching, erosion-corrosion, stress-corrosion, hydrogen effects. Corrosion testing: materials selection. Electrochemical principles: thermodynamics, electrode kinetics, mixed potentials, practical applications. High temperature corrosion. Nuclear plant corrosion, fossil plant corrosion, other industrial environments.


UN 0900 Engineering Project  Queen’s University

If they so elect, candidates for the M. Eng. (Nuclear Engineering) Degree may do an Engineering Project in an industrial laboratory. This consists of an industry-oriented project under the co-supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist and a university supervisor. The engineering project counts as two non-core UNENE courses, and requires the same amount of work and time as taking two UNENE courses. UNENE will attempt to facilitate an engineering project in consultation with the candidate and  through negotiation with the candidate’s employer. A satisfactory project topic and appropriate arrangements are required for the project to be approved by UNENE. Upon completion, the candidate will submit a substantial report on the project and make a presentation on it at the university. The engineering project can only be undertaken after at least half the required UNENE M.Eng. courses have been taken.

UN 0901 Nuclear Materials  Queen's University / M. Daymond 

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.