UN 0802 – Nuclear Reactor Physics

2016 Version – updates will be posted as they become available

UN802 is preceded by the Physics Refresher Course – It is expected that students know the material covered in the Refresher couse to complete the UN802 Nuclear Reactor Analysis Course successfully.


Physics Refresher:

UN 802 Dates:

October 1 & 2, 2016
October 29 & 30, 2016
November 12 & 13, 2016
November 26 & 27, 2016
December 10 & 11, 2016
December 18, 2014 – exam date


 Start Time:

  9:00 a.m.

  Lecturer Theatre
  Durham College – Whitby Campus
 1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7


  • Final date to Register – November 11, 2016
  • Last day to Drop Course – November 11, 2016
  • Prerequisite: Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program
  • It is highly recommended that you review the Physics refresher / prerequisite material for this course and the general Math refresher / prerequisite. It will be expected that you know the material covered in these two refresher courses. See the Refresher / Prerequisite Material page for further information.

Course Description:

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.

Course Administration


Course Notes

11. Nuclear Reactor Kinetics
Archived course material from 2012