||Engineering Physics 4P03/6P03
Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Operation
(This course is also given as a UNENE course - UN
- I am Ben Rouben, Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Physics Department
at McMaster University. I am the current instructor for the 4P03/6P03 course.
- This course was last offered in 2016 (January-April). This current
page is for the 2017 January-April session. Note: this page may contain out-of-date
information. The instructor's word takes precedence over this page.
- Students receive a CD-ROM will the full course contents. See the CD-ROM
Table of Contents.
- The reference text is available for download. See the Course notes
- Introductory 2-minute demo
to the simulator (exe 1.5Mb). Please excuse the poor image quality that resulted
from having to squeeze the simulator screens down to fit within your web browser.
Course description and administrative matters:
- This is mainly a self-study course, with a self-paced interactive CD-ROM.
- See the course
outline and the Instructor's
including Administrative Details
- Instructor: Dr. Ben Rouben, firstname.lastname@example.org
- T.A.: Remon Ibrahim, email@example.com.
- Check to ensure that I have you on my course
- Weekly time slots of Mondays 8:30-10:20 and Thursdays 8:30-9:20 (location
KTH-105) have been assigned to this course, but lectures will be held mostly
(but not always) once per week only, as specified by the instructor. See
schedule just below.
- B. Rouben's office hours: The day of the lecture, i.e.,
depending on the week, Monday 10:30-11:30 or Thursday
9:30-10:30 in JHE-327A, or any time by e-mail.
- Course midterm:
Monday Feb. 27, 8:30-10:20 am, in room KTH-105.
Tentative Schedule of Lectures:
- Thursday Jan. 5
- Monday Jan. 9
- Monday Jan. 16
- Monday Jan. 23
- Monday Jan. 30
- Monday Feb. 6
- Monday Feb. 13
- Monday Feb. 20 - no class (Family Day)
- Monday Feb. 27 (Midterm)
- Thursday Mar. 9
- Monday Mar. 13
- Monday Mar. 20
- Thursday Mar. 30
- Monday Apr. 3
- The course will follow the schedule as listed below as set out in the notes,
subject to confirmation of the instructor. Assignments
are due by 8:00 am on the day of the week on which the class will be held.
This is a firm deadline. Assignments should be submitted to
the T.A. by e-mail only.
- Midterm Test: Monday Feb. 27, 8:30-10:20 am,
in room KTH-105. Closed book, 1 simple calculator and 1 single-sided 8.5"x11"
crib sheet permitted. Note: You can write or
print any text and hand-draw any figure onto the crib sheet, but you are not
allowed to photocopy text or figures.
- Final exam: Monday April 17 as scheduled on
University calendar. Again, closed book, but McMaster standard calculator
Casio FX-991 (only) + 1 double-sided 8.5"x11" crib sheet
will be allowed.
- Extra assignment for graduate students: .
- Some assignments are defined week by week in the
course material, but note that I may assign additional problems as well. Also,
a project may be assigned in place of some of the later assignments.
- Week 1: Assignment: From
Learning Resources for Week 1
- Week 2: Assignment: From
Learning Resources for Week 2 + Problem
- Week 3: Assignment: From
Learning Resources for Week 3 (without Problem 2.1) + Problem
- Week 4: Assignment: From
Learning Resources for Week 4
- Week 5: Assignment: From
Learning Resources for Week 5, but with Prob.
3.1 updated and leave out Sim Ex 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
- Week 6: Assignment: Reviews
as From Learning Resources for Week 6, + Sim Ex
3.4, 3.5, 3.6 for marks
- Week 8: Assignment: From
Learning Resource for Week 8, but replace Problem
4.4 with Problem br4
- Week 9: Assignment: From
Learning Resource for Week 9, but only Sim Ex 4.2,
4.3, 4.4 + also Problem
- Week 10: Assignment From
Learning Resources for Week 10, but only Problems
5.1-5.4 and Sim Ex 5.1-5.3
- Week 11: Assignment From
Learning Resources for Week 10, but only Sim Ex
5.4 and 5.5 + also Problem
Some Lecture Material and Miscellaneous Files (posted as required):
- Backgrounder on
Fission (pdf, 0.9 Mb)
(pdf, 3.8 Mb)
- CANDU Design (pdf, 5.2
- CANDU Basic Lattice
Cell (ppt, 0.3 Mb)
- CANDU-6 Poster (pdf, 0.5 Mb)
- Station Cutaway Enlarged
(WORD, 242 kb)
of Simulator Time Scale (WORD, 25 kb)
- Modes of Plant
Operation (pdf, 0.2 Mb)
- Errata in Course Pack
(WORD, 28 kb)
Terms & Power Distribution (pdf, 0.1 Mb)
- Power Measurement
(pdf, 0.2 Mb)
Control Programs and Process Systems (PPT, 0.5 Mb)
- High-Pressure & Low-Pressure
Turbines (WORD, 0.7 Mb)
of Xe-135 in Reactor Operation (PPT, 1.2 Mb)
- Module 4A Thermosyphoning
(ppt, 0.2 Mb)
- Reactivity Coefficients
(PPT, 1.3 Mb)
5A Supplementary Lecture Notes (0.5 Mb)
- Unit Transients
- Event 1 (ppt, 3.6 Mb)
- Unit Transients
- Event 2 (ppt, 2.7 Mb)
- Unit Transients
- Event 3 (ppt, 1.4 Mb)
- CANDU Detector Systems (PPT, 1.4 Mb)
- CANDU-9 Characteristics + Setback & Stepback (WORD, 33 kb)
- Some Details of Zone-Control Compartments (PPT, 0.5 Mb)
- CANDU Neutronic Protection Systems (ppt, 0.6 Mb)
- Delayed Neutrons & Point Kinetics (PPT, 1.1 Mb)
- HT Pressure and Inventory Control (pdf, 0.9 Mb)
- Nuclear Options for the Future (PPT, 0.8 Mb)
- CANDU & PWR ( PPT, 3.2 Mb)
- Evolution of Lattice Properties in CANDU (PPT, 567 kb)
Additional Presentations from CNS Courses (for extra
- Fuel Design Requirements, by Al Manzer (ppt, 1.9 Mb)
- Fuel & Physics Operations at Site, by Charles Olive (ppt, 1.5 Mb)
Course Notes Section 1
p.1-99, Simulator User's
The course material is copyrighted so it cannot be posted freely here on the
web or be distributed without permission. Go to the bookstore and purchase the
course pack. The cost is about $30 for the main notes + CD, and about $15 each
for the resource book (containing assignments and other support material) and
a reference text. The resource book and the reference text are on the CD so
you could get away without either but you would need to find and print off the
material from the CD. Cost-wise, since printing is not cheap, you would be advised
to buy the resource pack at least. Ask for the CD at the checkout. Due to the
over-subscription to the course, you may have to wait 48 hours to pick up the
material after you pay for it.
Note: The reference text
is available for download, compliments of the author, Dr. George Bereznai George.Bereznai@uoit.ca.
This text contains all the course theory and notes in a succinct format. Cover
(pdf 37 kb) Text Body (pdf 2.5Mb).
The course material (see CD-ROM Table of Contents)
consists of the following:
- A CD-ROM containing an interactive version of the course Lecture
Notes, a Reference Text, a CANDU desktop simulator and electronic versions
of the Learning Resource manual
- printed copy of the course Lecture Notes
- printed copy of the Reference Text
- printed copy of the Learning Resources manual containing:
- 1 Study Guide
- 2 Simulator User Manual
- 3 Simulator Exercises
- 4 Review Questions
- 5 Problem Sets
- 6 Tutorial for Using the CD-ROM