UN 0802 – Nuclear Reactor Physics

2014 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.



October 18 & 19, 2014
November 1 & 2, 2014
November 15 & 16, 2014
November 29 & 30, 2014
December 14, 2014 


 Start Time:

  9:00 a.m.

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


  • Final date to Register – Octoer 31, 2014
  • Last day to Drop Course – October 31, 2014
  • 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