UN 0804 – Nuclear Reactor Heat Transport System Design

2017 Version  – Lecture Notes to be Updated

  November 4 & 5, 2017
  November 18 & 19, 2017
  December 9 & 10, 2017
  January 20 & 21, 2018
 Start Time:
  9:00 a.m.
  Durham College – Whitby Campus 
  1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7
  room – Lecture Theatre
  Nik Popov   Adjunct Professor, McMaster University

Distance Education:

  • If you will be participating using distance education please inform the instructor by email prior to the course commencing. Webex is the web conferencing tool for distance ed.
  • It is highly recommended that you review the Physics refresher / prerequisite material for this course and the general Math refresher / prerequisite to ensure you are ready for UN0804. See the Refresher / Prerequisite Material page for further information.                

Course Description:

The thermal-hydraulic design part of the course includes the primary heat transport system design of nuclear reactors, emphasizing reactor main components and characteristics. Review of design methods and system equations based on conservation of heat, momentum and mass, including adequate empirical design correlations, and critical heat flux and pressure drop calculation methods. Topics include: description of reactor components and systems, design methodology, plant performance, safety design margins, etc.

Prerequisite: Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program

Preparing for the course:

  • If you were a regular senior undergraduate or graduate student in Engineering at McMaster, then no special preparation would be necessary for taking this course. Any accredited undergraduate engineering program contains sufficient mathematics and physics for this course. The content needed is all in the course notes. It should not be necessary to look elsewhere for special background information. So relax on that point.
  • However, there is a bit of mathematics and some simple numerical methods to contend with. If it has been a while since you have been in university and your mathematics has become a bit foggy, then you might want to first look over the course notes on this site to get a feel for what deficiencies you might have and then to dig out your old university texts to brush up. But don't panic, exotic mathematical manipulations and solutions are not expected; rather, the conservation equations are used to express heat and mass flow balances and provide simple, approximate solutions.
  • Please do read ahead using the course notes supplied below. The compressed format does not give much time to think during the sessions but you can compensate somewhat by reading ahead.
  • You will need to print off the notes given below so you can follow along in the lectures.
  • It would be useful to give some thought to the following topics that will be part of the assignements in this course: selected small power reactors, and cascading design changes.  Also, one of the assignments in the course will be to solve 3-4 thermal-hydrualics problems.

Course Introduction  

Course Notes 

Reference Material

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Learning Resources

  • Teaching matters – helpful general information on teaching and learning for the student and the educator
  • Looking for FORTRAN information? See the Downloads page for engineering software and compilers, etc.
  • Computing tools – some suggestions.
  • Suggestions welcome.