Course syllabus

Nuclear Reactor Physics

FKFN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-03-22

General Information

Elective for: F4, F4-aft
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to give deeper knowledge in nuclear reactor physics. The course shall give knowledge on the construction and function of modern reactors, theory of neutron physics, core design and fuel optimization. The course will focus on radiation protection and instrumentation for monitoring neutrons and emissions of radioactive gases and particles. It will also introduce safety and risk evaluation for large and complex facilities. The overall aim is to put light and focus on issues that are relevant within (industrial) reactor technology and fuel processing.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to individually find scientific and technical information that is relevant to be able to analyze an issue or problem related to reactor physics/ technology.


The course is focused on following topics within nuclear reactor technology:

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: In order to pass the course the student is required to have completed laboratory exercises, projects and paper writing, and also to have participated actively in lectures, tutorials and seminars. As an alternative, a written examination (pass/fail) can be arranged for a student not taking active part in seminars or tutorials. The final grade is weighted average of the laboratory exercises, project part and written paper.


Required prior knowledge: FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications, FKFN01 Applied Subatomic Physics..
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 8.
The course overlaps following course/s: FYST44

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: docent Jan Pallon,
Course coordinator: Docent Kevin Fissum,
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