FYS4580 – Nuclear Technology
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course provides a thorough introduction to reactor physics and the principles underlying the operation of nuclear power reactors, both research reactors, and power reactors. In this course, we will review the main principles of:
- Diffusion model for nuclear reactors: neutron transport, one-group, and multi-group diffusion models
- Fission chain reactions, multiplication factor, and nuclear criticality
- Basics of reactor fuel
- Numerical and simulation techniques for reactors. Hands-on experience using SCALE 6.2 simulation tools for reactor criticality, burnout analysis, and uncertainty analysis for reactor physics calculations.
After completing the course:
- you have basic knowledge of fission chain reactions and nuclear reactors.
- you have knowledge of phenomena and reactions inside the reactor core. Neutron transport equations in the reactor core and diffusion models for reactor cores.
- you can simulate a reactor core using Monte Carlo simulation tools and interpret results for a given critical mass.
- you can conduct a scientific project in nuclear technology.
- you have acquired sufficient knowledge to assess the pros and cons of different reactor types and technology in terms of reactor safety.
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS9580 – Nuclear Technology.
- 10 credits overlap with FYS-KJM4580 – Nuclear Technology (continued).
The course comprises 40 hours of lectures and 20 hours of assignments and excursions. Excursions will be to the research reactors at Kjeller (2 MW) and Halden (20 MW). At the end of the semester, each student is given a semester assignment to simulate a given reactor core or critical mass.
The semester assignment must be submitted and approved before the final examination. Students are given the possibility to present their results in plenary in front of students and lecturers.
A semester assignment must be submitted and approved before you can sit the final exam.
- Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9580 – Nuclear Technology
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: